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Posted By: Imright, 2/21/2022 2:56:07 AM

Joe Biden is extending the declaration of a Covid “national emergency” ahead of an expected People’s Convoy heading towards Washington D.C. The move echoes beleaguered Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s invocation of the Emergencies Act to carry out a police crackdown on Freedom Convoy protesters under the color of martial law.Biden has just issued the declaration in an executive letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Madam President:) Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes

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Reply 1 - Posted by: planetgeo 2/21/2022 5:12:08 AM (No. 1078059)
The real "national emergency" is Joe Biden...
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Reply 2 - Posted by: chumley 2/21/2022 5:38:41 AM (No. 1078062)
As long as crooked politicians are able to declare national emergencies, there will always be one. Now we can see why the founders said only congress can declare war. They knew if one man could do it, war would never be over. Kind of like things are now.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: 5 handicap 2/21/2022 5:43:52 AM (No. 1078068)
Truckers honking horns is a National Emergency...Cities burning to the ground are peaceful protests...go figure. Goddamn Joe Bided and anyone who voted for him!
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Toby Ten Bears 2/21/2022 5:44:15 AM (No. 1078070)
Drag this election thief and his cohorts out of our house!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 2/21/2022 5:54:56 AM (No. 1078073)
A crisis is always created and exploited by liberals to make everyone look away from the real problems! Afghanistan, Inflation, COVID, Supply Cain…. Oh no! Look…truckers!
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Reply 6 - Posted by: mifla 2/21/2022 6:19:09 AM (No. 1078084)
Hoping that our police will not be so willing to help our dictator, as they are in Canada.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Rinktum 2/21/2022 6:34:54 AM (No. 1078094)
Why did Biden advise Trudeau to use the power of government to crush the truckers? It all is becoming clear. The globalists are getting impatient and are fearful that they are losing control. People all over the world are waking up to oppressive governments breathing down their necks. The pandemic is for all intents and purposes ending and that weapon will no longer be effective. People are resisting and rebelling at their draconian mandates and the elites cannot allow that to get out of hand. Therefore, they are going to up the ante. They are going to use peaceful protests to set up a scenario that they can exploit just as they did on January 6, 2021. They will send in their thugs to infiltrate the truckers protest. A spark of violence will be created and that will be used to bring down the full force of the government against the protesters. I am sure the media are salivating in anticipation of reporting whatever scenario the government creates. This, I realize, sounds like crazy talk. However, at this point and in this totalitarian political climate with Americans turning against this administration, I truly believe there is nothing they would not do to hold on to power. They believe they hold all the cards. They have control of law enforcement and the military something they have never had before. The media will enthusiastically deliver whatever narrative they want. It’s hard to believe but I think Joe is going to go full Trudeau. The only wildcard is that while Trudeau faces Canadians, Joe is going to face ticked off Americans. Biden is playing a very dangerous game.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: F15 Gork 2/21/2022 6:45:40 AM (No. 1078107)
Insurrection Part Deux. We need an investigation.....put clown Cheney on the case.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: hershey 2/21/2022 7:10:27 AM (No. 1078128)
Oh oh, here we go....Biteme emulating the little commie Trudeau....heard Piglousy put the fence back up around the Kapital as well...things are not going well for the demon-rats....
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Krause 2/21/2022 7:12:54 AM (No. 1078132)
‘Don’t let a crisis go to waste.’ Rahm Emmanuel - D
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Kitty Myers 2/21/2022 7:17:46 AM (No. 1078140)
I agree with this Conservative Treehouse assessment: "Russia has absolutely no plan to invade Ukraine and doesn’t even have a role in this theatrical production from the White House. The way the game is played; and believe me, everything about this is a game; they must take the manufactured crisis to the brink of thermonuclear war, so that Joe Biden can save the world and be seen as this legendary diplomat." Putin has no plans of invading Ukraine. It's being cooked up because the White House is dreaming of the Nobel Peace Prize.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Lazyman 2/21/2022 7:26:40 AM (No. 1078145)
A good working rule is that inside any liberal is a totalitarian trying to get out. The last year has proven my point.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: jinx 2/21/2022 7:32:40 AM (No. 1078152)
Let's go, Brandon!!!! Biden is a dangerous tyrant. He loves being in charge even though he doesn't know where he is most of the time. Who is advising him. We deserve to know since we pay the bills.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Jethro bo 2/21/2022 7:35:29 AM (No. 1078154)
Its so easy to be a dictator knowing the most political Chief Just_US of the Supreme Joke has your back.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Bur Oak 2/21/2022 7:40:01 AM (No. 1078156)
Now we know why all those federal agencies bought arms and ammunition beginning back in the reign of Obama.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Red Jeep 2/21/2022 7:41:35 AM (No. 1078157)
We should as soon as possible we need to limit the power of politicians to declare national emergencies only to fires, floods and invasions. A National Emergency over a disease with a 99% survival rate? No/
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Venturer 2/21/2022 7:48:51 AM (No. 1078163)
Joe Biden and the Democrats are frightened. Scared into pissing themselves over losing their power over the people. If they were smart they would listen to what is going on in this country. This isn't just truckers, they are only the ones being seen. There are millions of Americans who stand behind them.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: mobyclik 2/21/2022 7:57:11 AM (No. 1078171)
Excellent...EXCELLENT post #7, but I take exception with one sentence in it: ''This, I realize, sounds like crazy talk.'' NO, it's NOT crazy talk, it's the absolute TRUTH. The entire post is going to take place just as you described it. The crazies have no other choice to do exactly what you said. It's just too obvious. You nailed it.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Are You Serious 2/21/2022 8:00:09 AM (No. 1078174)
The only "national emergency" is this threat to the abuse of power exercised by President Dimwit.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Words have Meaning 2/21/2022 8:04:43 AM (No. 1078180)
Putin began this "invasion" plan from the moment Biden cancelled construction of our own oil pipeline. Putin wants to sell the USA more oil. He has ginned up this conflict to negotiate a sale of more oil if he does not invade. Putin the evil genius, is rubbing his hands together...everything is going according to plan.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: WimeTarmerFable 2/21/2022 8:10:34 AM (No. 1078188)
The real emergency is not Joe Biden, he can’t button his pants without the Cabinet. It is the Jihad Junta. They have been “outted” and Liberty Loving American Citizens are LIVID. I know I am.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: coldborezero 2/21/2022 8:22:04 AM (No. 1078197)
Re#6: Tragically, our police will do the bidding of their masters, the politicians. We saw that during the Burn Loot Murder and PantyFa Insurrection of 2020 and the January 6, 2021 FIB False Flag Operation. The police will cheerfully gun us down like dogs.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: pixelero 2/21/2022 8:28:42 AM (No. 1078206)
The Setup. What a crew.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: Sorosisbehindit 2/21/2022 8:34:16 AM (No. 1078210)
I am so disappointed in the new route. The original two routes had one coming right through Baton Rouge. I already bought my white board. On one side I was going to have "Fight for your freedom the way you fought for toilet paper". On the other side "The hardest part of "15 days to slow the spread" was the first 600 days".
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Reply 25 - Posted by: Rabbiter 2/21/2022 8:35:09 AM (No. 1078211)
Yup. . . truckers driving across country, which hasn't even started yet, is a national emergency. But Gov. DeSantis asking for federal aid via a declared state emergency to help Floridians after major storm and tornado damage is denied by the same "uniter" of a president. Shameful and horrifying at the same time.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: udanja99 2/21/2022 8:36:19 AM (No. 1078215)
Let’s not forget that the crackdown in Canada began AFTER Trudy conferred with TaliBiden.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: NamVet70 2/21/2022 8:53:26 AM (No. 1078231)
I would be suspicious that there are FBI instigators promoting violence in this caravan. They need a renewal of the Jan 6 coup hoax.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: Strike3 2/21/2022 8:59:01 AM (No. 1078244)
Brandon is going full Ceausescu and could possibly end up the same way. Big, huge mistake. America is with the truckers.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: Speedypetey 2/21/2022 9:02:08 AM (No. 1078247)
Since the Freedom Convoy will not even start until March 1st Biden's handlers must have another Reichstag fire in mind forbthe sheep. Poking the bear (Putin) to WAG THE DOG, did not go off as the oligarchs hoped so what will the political elites do to create panic? $10/gallon gasoline? Who knows but you can bet it will be a false flag. AGAIN!
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Reply 30 - Posted by: Strike3 2/21/2022 9:17:54 AM (No. 1078266)
As most Ldotters are aware, the trucker actions will necessarily interrupt food supply chains. Make a good resupply trip to Wally World. I also foresee firearms restrictions coming, act accordingly.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: bpl40 2/21/2022 9:22:10 AM (No. 1078273)
Excuse #1 - Trump or Russia Excuse #2 - Covid (or Trump's inept handling of it) Excuse # 3 - White Privilege or Systemic Racism Excuse #4 - Climate Change Excuse #5 - National Emergency due to truckers Excuse #6 - Anything you want to add except their responsibility
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Reply 32 - Posted by: slsusnr 2/21/2022 9:22:36 AM (No. 1078274)
#7 hit the bullseye. Just think how bad this is: the truckers and their supporters have been overwhelmingly peaceful (or we would have heard otherwise by the drive-by media). But yet the little Canadian tyrant wants to go after the bank accounts of the truckers and anyone who supports them. Do you think the democrats won't see the brilliance of that and try it here? Nothing surprises me anymore. So, ti t for tat, honest DAs and law enforcement should finally go after the "protestors" who burned and destroyed our cities. This is long overdue.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: Toodles3956 2/21/2022 9:38:52 AM (No. 1078287)
The Canadian truckers were peaceful, fully obeying the laws. I doubt American truckers will be so meek. Go Truckers!
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Reply 34 - Posted by: starboard 2/21/2022 9:43:23 AM (No. 1078295)
Biden is a "National Disgrace." Actually, the whole Democrat cartel is a national disgrace, especially Hillary.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: Samsquanch 2/21/2022 9:52:54 AM (No. 1078307)
All the trucker's have to do is stop delivering food and gas, and it's game over.
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Reply 36 - Posted by: Bluefindad 2/21/2022 10:10:38 AM (No. 1078325)
What's happening in Canada should be a flashing red beacon to American truckers. A convoy could enable the use of emergency powers by the government and provide ample opportunities for false flag operations by the "justice system". Are they considering less risky options such as a general strike?
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Reply 37 - Posted by: red1066 2/21/2022 10:36:29 AM (No. 1078362)
There's no national emergency except in D.C. and closing that dung hole down should be considered a national holiday.
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Reply 38 - Posted by: ChattyCatsSusan 2/21/2022 10:49:52 AM (No. 1078383)
When you have the EU members of Parliament speaking out about Justine and his tyrannical behavior, you know the elites are finally taking notice.
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Reply 39 - Posted by: curious1 2/21/2022 10:53:20 AM (No. 1078386)
The truckers could refuse to re-supple any government entity until the mandates are dropped. And where possible, don't sell to or resupply anyone who works for the government.
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Reply 40 - Posted by: PrayerWarrior 2/21/2022 11:07:35 AM (No. 1078406)
This story is frightening especially the photo of the disabled lady run over by the police horse. She's in the hospital with injuries for just attending a protest. This is the world without God, without conscience, without morals. We've been praying for police for some time, so how could the police be part of this hideous attack on peaceful protesters? The police are supposed to be our protectors. To protect and to serve. God will judge them for taking part in this violence on the innocence. This reminds us of what the Brown Shirts of the 1930s did to innocent citizens like these protestors. We know Trudeau is evil, but for the police to join forces with evil, is unthinkable. God help us! God save Canada and the U.S.!
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Reply 41 - Posted by: Zigrid 2/21/2022 11:16:15 AM (No. 1078415)
Surprise...surprise...WE saw this coming...Washington DC is terrified of the trucker's convoy...and now that Canadian truckers are joining the must make them hysterical in the war room at the White obama and Susan rice...what are you gonna do now...arrest more Americans and put them in the DC jail where you are holding American political prisoners in squalored conditions...Abu Graib comes to mind...where prisoners were tortured and beaten...just like Washington DC's prison...
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Reply 42 - Posted by: MickTurn 2/21/2022 11:25:03 AM (No. 1078427)
The only National Emergency is Brandon himself...and his over filled Diaper!
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Reply 43 - Posted by: RayLRiv 2/21/2022 11:43:14 AM (No. 1078451)
This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test. *HONK! HOOOOONNNKKK!!" If this had been an actual emergency, you would have been instructed where to tune in your area for news and official information.
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Reply 44 - Posted by: GoodDeal 2/21/2022 11:43:27 AM (No. 1078452)
Truckers and convoy members will be lucky to get anywhere near the capital. National Guards will be out blocking highways so that no truckers can possibly get into town. It’s going to be a showdown. Rebellion against tyranny is obedience to God.
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Reply 45 - Posted by: DVC 2/21/2022 11:45:26 AM (No. 1078456)
#6, the FBI and Capitol Police are already murderers and have framed hundreds for non-existent crimes on Jan 6. Sorry, our police, at least in DC, are probably worse than the Canadian police. Up there, rumors are that the violent ones were imported UN troops. I don't know if that is true, but if so, this is a VERY bad move. Just like foreign UN troops are happy to harm "foreign Americans", that cuts both ways. IIRC, in the events after 1776, the Hessian mercenaries were treated much more harshly than British soldiers.
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Reply 46 - Posted by: TurtleDove 2/21/2022 12:07:33 PM (No. 1078487)
To #3: Just like Rolling Thunder had to be curtailed a year or so ago. To #5: I agree, deflection & diversion have ALWAYS been hallmarks of the dem party lineup! I wouldn't be surprised if the Ukrainian "emergency" wasn't contrived to give bidet something on which to be bolstered just in time for the midterms. To #7: Not crazy talk at all. To #11: I had not seen that before - thank you for posting it! "It has announced the protest route, stops and start dates.:" That might be a will be shutdown at the state level - especially if any of those states are blue.
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Reply 47 - Posted by: MAGA Might 2/21/2022 12:19:49 PM (No. 1078496)
Another example of too much power being centered in the Executive Branch. These powers must be limited. When the GOP retakes power, they need to change this law.
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Reply 48 - Posted by: udanja99 2/21/2022 12:54:09 PM (No. 1078519)
#44, all they have to do is block all exit and entrance ramps on the Washington Beltway. I just sent DH out to stock up on dog food. We have plenty of everything else.
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Reply 49 - Posted by: mamabear 2/21/2022 1:23:37 PM (No. 1078553)
"...Freedom Convoy Heading Towards Washington D.C." except one of the coordinators said in an interview this morning ( that they learned from 1/6 and are NOT going to DC. So ... what national emergency??
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Reply 50 - Posted by: GustoGrabber 2/21/2022 1:26:53 PM (No. 1078555)
I have to think the globalists behind the great reset are actively recreating events in real time as a war game type scenario---- if they do that, we release this story to the press, we do this, if they don't respond this way then x then y ..... These events are neither random no unanticipated
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Reply 51 - Posted by: GirlwithaCurl 2/21/2022 2:08:43 PM (No. 1078584)
Fences can always be knocked down, or opened up by the insiders. It's those concrete barriers. Now that's a problem. Heavy lifting equipment is needed. Where are Trump's dump trucks????
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Reply 52 - Posted by: Ragman73 2/21/2022 4:34:58 PM (No. 1078674)
When the truckers roll Americans across the country need to be in the streets and honking to show their support. Unless people push back I fear Canada was just a "milk run" for what's in store for us. Two years, and instead of backing off it looks like they are just starting to gear up. Who knows if a "national emergency" will preempt our coming elections. I do not believe anything is off the table.
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Reply 53 - Posted by: Geoman 2/21/2022 4:45:55 PM (No. 1078692)
It's troubling to see so many people equate the Capitol Police with non-blue state/local/county law enforcement outside of the blue-run jurisdictions. For those folks who believe all police are inherently bad, I expect to see a precipitous drop in 911 calls for service, as many walk the walk in their stated belief that police are out to kill us. Interestingly, that drop in 911 calls hasn't been seen in the black communities where the protests over police brutality have been the most strident and violent.
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Reply 54 - Posted by: anniebc 2/21/2022 5:18:47 PM (No. 1078733)
I've been talking "drag" on this site for months. Poster #4 posts it today and gets 100 likes. Winning! It's about freakin time. We're getting there.
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Reply 55 - Posted by: bobn.t 2/21/2022 8:00:36 PM (No. 1078845)
Our national emergency is already in D.C.since Jan 2021.
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The Secret Service is telling Republican investigators that it cannot find communications related to Hunter Biden’s travels for 2010, 2011, or 2013 — when President Joe Biden was the vice president. Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin sent the Secret Service a letter last month seeking unredacted records tied to Hunter Biden’s travels between January 2009 and January 2017. They asked for full travel records and criticized the agency for years of “inappropriate redactions” — especially related to a controversial Kazakhstan trip in 2014. The senators also lamented that three years of documents seemed to be missing entirely.
Yes, Tucker, There Is a US Security Interest
in Ukraine
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Posted by Judy W. 2/25/2022 8:25:43 AM Post Reply
In an ideal world, maybe we could ignore what's happening in Ukraine but we have to see the world as it is, not how we want it to be: Russia is calling and wants its Ukraine back. I generally appreciate Tucker Carlson, but every time he discusses Ukraine and Russia, I bristle — especially when he contends that America has no interest in Ukraine. I know some of you might agree with Carlson, but you can be a solid conservative who is just as war-weary as the next guy and still see a security interest in Ukraine without being a neocon.
Biden heads to Delaware for weekend as
Russians advance on Kyiv
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Posted by Ribicon 2/25/2022 7:27:37 PM Post Reply
President Biden on Friday afternoon scrapped plans to stay at the White House and prepared to depart for his home in Delaware for the weekend. He changed his plans as chaos reigned in Ukraine with Russian troops battling to take control of the country’s capital, Kyiv. The White House released a daily schedule confirming that Mr. Biden will travel to Wilmington in the evening. He had no public events scheduled for Saturday or Sunday.(Snip)The president will also have a meeting with his national security team in Wilmington on Saturday, she said. “Every president can work from everywhere they are because that is how presidencies are equipped,” Ms. Psaki said.
Another Win for the Radical Left: Graham
Blasts Biden's Choice for SCOTUS
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Posted by Imright 2/25/2022 11:45:43 AM Post Reply
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, is blasting President Joe Biden for choosing D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ketanji Brown to replace Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. (Tweets) Fellow South Carolina Senator Tim Scott is also expressing disappointment. (Tweets) Meanwhile Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who voted against her confirmation to her current position on the D.C. Circuit, is also weighing in. "I congratulate Judge Jackson on her nomination. I look forward to meeting with her in person and studying her record, legal views, and judicial philosophy," McConnell released in a statement Friday.
Biden is slammed for saying 'no one expected
sanctions to prevent anything' after freezing
all Kremlin assets in America.... but
leaves Putin's rumored $200bn fortune Untouched
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Posted by Imright 2/25/2022 12:35:01 AM Post Reply
President Joe Biden has been criticized after he stated outright that 'no one' expected sanctions that were imposed on Russia 'to prevent the invasion' of Ukraine.He made the candid remarks during Thursday afternoon's press conference over the situation in Eastern Europe. Reporters were quick to take the president to task over what appeared to be a changing stance on whether sanctions, economic or otherwise, were effective in any way. 'No one expected the sanctions to prevent anything from happening,' Biden said in what was a complete reversal to what he had said previously.
Jeopardy! champ Amy Schneider announces
engagement to Genevieve Davis: 'She's
my fiancée!!!'
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Posted by konocti95 2/25/2022 7:53:29 PM Post Reply
Jeopardy! champ Amy Schneider is engaged to partner Genevieve Davis. Schneider, a 42-year-old software engineer, took to Twitter on Thursday to announce the big news, accompanied a photo of their hands with engagement rings on. 'I have an announcement: Genevieve is no longer my girlfriend… she's my fiancée!!!' the Oakland, California native said. 'I couldn't be happier or more proud to spend my life with the very best person in the entire world.'
Putin may have overplayed his hand by
invading Ukraine, experts say: 'Massive miscalculation'
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Posted by Moritz55 2/25/2022 3:16:29 AM Post Reply
President Vladimir Putin may have overplayed his hand by invading Ukraine as opposition to the war grows in Russia, experts told Fox News Digital. This is a massive miscalculation," said University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Yoshiko Herrera, who is an expert on U.S-Russian relations. "This action yesterday was just another level of crazy. It’s a ruination of Russia for decades, so damaging for Ukraine and so costly all around." More than 1,700 demonstrators in Russia protesting the unprovoked attack on Ukraine have been arrested, according to OVD Info, a Russian human rights organization.
Joy Behar Complains Russia-Ukraine War
Making Her European Vacation Plans Uncertain
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Posted by JrSample 2/25/2022 7:35:59 AM Post Reply
It’s a frustrating thing about wars: In addition to death, destruction and displacement, there’s also disruption to your European vacation plans. At least that’s how Joy Behar of "The View" saw things Thursday. The show’s panelists were discussing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine when Behar said she feared yet another missed travel opportunity after two years of the coronavirus pandemic.
Russia barred from entering Eurovision
Song Contest following Ukraine invasion
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Posted by NorthernDog 2/25/2022 3:45:27 PM Post Reply
LONDON — The European Broadcasting Union says that Russia will not be allowed an entry in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The union said in a statement Friday that given the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry would bring the competition into “disrepute.″ “The EBU is an apolitical member organisation of broadcasters committed to upholding the values of public service,” the union said on Twitter. “We remain dedicated to protecting the values of a cultural competition which promotes international exchange and understanding, brings audiences together, celebrates diversity through music and unites Europe on one stage.” This
Washington Post columnist mocks Pope Francis'
'empty gesture' for peace in Ukraine
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Posted by AltaD 2/25/2022 3:49:11 PM Post Reply
Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin took to Twitter Friday to mock Pope Francis' attempt to halt the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. "[A]s empty gestures go, impressive," the left-wing columnist tweeted, responding to NBC News reporter Richard Engle confirming a report that the pope had made an effort to sue for peace directly with Russia. In an unprecedented gesture, Francis visited the Russian embassy in Rome earlier on Friday to express his concern over the war. According to the Associated Press, officials at the Vatican said they knew of no previous initiative by the pope to end a conflict in such a way.
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