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Trump defeats Haley in Missouri's Republican caucuses

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© GettyFormer U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and former President Donald Trump.
Haley has vowed to remain in the race through Super Tuesday

Donald Trump will win the Missouri Republican caucuses, the Associated Press projects, delivering yet another victory for the former president against former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

The Associated Press called the race for Trump early Saturday afternoon. The former president was expected to cruise to victory after big wins in every contest prior to Saturday.

After her loss in her home state of South Carolina, Haley vowed to remain in the race at least through Super Tuesday on March 5, where voters in 15 states will head to the polls to make their choice for president.

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Biden laundering billions in taxpayer funds through NGOs to traffic Illegal migrants to United States

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The Biden administration is laundering billions in taxpayer funds through Non-Governmental Organizations to facilitate illegal migration into the United States.

The State Department, for example, is offering a "loan" program to any foreigner around the world who desires to travel to the United States, claim without evidence that he or she is a "refugee," and then resettle in the country โ€” all subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.

As described by the the United States Refugee Admissions Program on its official website, the International Organization for Migration's (IOM) Travel Loan Program:
"Helps to provide penalty and interest-free loans to refugees arriving in the United States.

"Refugees who accept these travel loans are required to sign a promissory note prior to departure, committing themselves to repayment of the debt within a determined period after arrival.

"IOM arranges travel for refugee using funds furnished by the Department of State and is mandated to subsequently receive refugees' repayments on behalf of the Department of State.

"Repayments made are remitted to a revolving fund created between the Department of State and IOM for use by the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) to defray the cost of future refugee travel.

"A Travel Loan repayment is initially assigned either to IOM itself or to a resettlement agency."
There is a single video on the International Organization for Migration (IOM) YouTube channel. It advertises the travel loan program, which can be viewed below.

Comment: USA: United Scams of America


A thousand years of prison time over a 6-hour delay of Congress: January 6 show trials now represent the gravest injustice in U.S. history

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Every student of the First Amendment knows about the infamous Alien and Sedition Acts, the Palmer Raids of World War I, the persecution of the Chicago 7, crackdowns on anti-war movements, and the FBI's infamous COINTELPRO abuses and surveillance of Martin Luther King and the Black Panthers.

But the single greatest mass infringement on fundamental First Amendment freedoms is happening right now. And the civil liberties establishment, which rakes in millions annually parroting the civil rights talking points of the 1970s, has turned its back on the greatest mass political persecution in American legal history: the railroading of January 6 defendants.

As these words are written, the US District Court for DC is approaching a grim milestone. Sometime in the next few weeks, a total of a thousand years of prison time will have been handed out to J6ers. January 6 injustices are eclipsing all other American legal disgraces of the past.

I myself am a J6 criminal defense attorney who has written hundreds of motions and participated in eight J6 jury trials. Although I have a comparatively winning record among other J6 defense lawyers โ€” measured by total counts defeated adversely โ€” I and my co-counsels have nonetheless lost every case.

Comment: Call it what it is: political tyranny!
Judges may have improperly applied federal sentencing guidelines to more than 100 people convicted of participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol, a federal court ruled Friday.

A three-judge panel of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Justice Department's argument that convicted rioters merited lengthier prison sentences for interfering in the "administration of justice" when they stormed the Capitol to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden's 2020 election win.

Judge Patricia Millett wrote in the court's unanimous ruling:
"[T]he phrase 'administration of justice' does not encompass Congress's role in the electoral certification process. [T]ext, context, and commentary show that 'administration of justice' refers to judicial, quasi-judicial, and adjunct investigative proceedings, but does not extend to the unique congressional function of certifying electoral college votes.

"Administration of justice" enhancements are typically reserved for defendants who disrupt judicial proceedings, such as a courtroom trial or grand jury investigation."
However, prosecutors routinely asked DC judges to apply the enhancement to individuals convicted of participating in the riot at the Capitol.

More than 100 rioters have had "administration of justice" enhancements applied to their sentences, Patricia Hartman, a spokesperson for the DC US Attorney's Office, told the Associated Press.

The imprisoned rioters who had their sentences enhanced may push for new, lighter sentences if the appeals court ruling stands.
DOJ wrongly lengthened some Jan. 6 sentences:
The case before the appeals court was specifically related to the enhancement of convicted rioter Larry Brock.

Brock, a retired Air Force officer who stormed the Capitol while wearing a military combat helmet and tactical vest, was convicted of a felony charge of obstruction of an official proceeding and misdemeanor offenses for his role in the riot.

He was sentenced last year to two years in prison.

The appeals court ruled:
"Brock's interference with one stage of the Electoral College vote-counting process โ€” while no doubt endangering our democratic processes and temporarily derailing Congress's constitutional work โ€” did not interfere with the 'administration of justice."
Brock's attorney argued that the misapplied enhancement likely increased his client's sentence by about nine months.

The panel found:
"The administration of justice" applies to "judicial, quasi-judicial, and adjunct investigative proceedings, but does not extend to the unique congressional function of certifying electoral college votes."
The enhancement can increase sentences by over a year, according to Politico.

In April, the Supreme Court will hear a case challenging the scope of the obstruction statute, Section 1512(c)(2), used to charge hundreds of defendants, including Brock.


US poses biggest threat to security in space - China's top brass

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© Michael Stonecypher/US Air Force/Getty ImagesTechnicians in protective suits conduct post-landing checks on the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
Washington uses hyped-up foreign threats as a pretext for military expansion, Beijing's defense spokesman has said...

The United States is leading a dangerous drive to militarize space, the Chinese military has said, arguing that the Pentagon represents the greatest threat to peace and security on the final frontier.

Asked to respond to recent warnings by US officials about Beijing's growing arsenal of "anti-satellite weapons," Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Zhang Xiaogang told reporters that it was Washington, not the People's Republic, that was seeking to transform space into a future battlefield:
"The United States uses the so-called threats from other countries as an excuse to expand its military power, and China firmly opposes this. As we all know, the United States defines space as a 'combat territory,' develops and deploys offensive space weapons... and even maliciously tracks and dangerously approaches other countries' spacecraft, creating the risk of collisions with space objects.

"This has become the biggest driver of militarization and battlefieldization of space, and the biggest threat to space security."
Zhang was apparently responding to comments by US Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall, who has repeatedly stressed the alleged threat posed by Beijing as its military continues to develop and modernize.

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Insane! German healthcare system should prepare for war - minister

Germany must improve its healthcare system to be able to swiftly respond to crisis situations, such as a new pandemic or a military conflict, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has said.

Legislation for reforms expected to be presented this summer will be "a turning point for the healthcare system," the Social Democratic Party (SPD) politician told the newspaper Neue Osnabrucker Zeitung in an interview published on Saturday.

Though the ruling 'traffic light coalition' has already pushed for reforms following the Covid-19 pandemic, the health minister said that with the Ukraine conflict, the challenges have become even more important.

"In the event of a crisis, every doctor, every hospital, every health authority must know what to do. We need clear responsibilities - for example, for the distribution of a high number of injured people among the clinics in Germany," Lauterbach explained.

Comment: One of the oldest rules in state craft is to invent an external enemy when the domestic problems rise. This is not least the case when those problems are due to the mismanagement and corruption by the rulers of such a country.

The German health minister was instrumental in the hard lock down which Germany had during the Covid fludemic. He has also made unhinged comments wishing for lockdowns to fight 'climate change'.

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SOTT Focus: NewsReal: How Serious Are Western Leaders About Full-on War With Russia?

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We heard last week that some EU leaders, notably French president Macron, want to send Western armed forces into Ukraine in order to 'stop Russia from winning'. We know that their armed forces ARE already in Ukraine, but the implication of recent fighting-talk is that they're considering escalating the current 'proxy war' to 'the next level'.

How serious ARE Western leaders about doing this? They sound convinced that there is no other way, but are they just 'posturing'?

We may soon find out because, in the meantime, unless SOMETHING changes, Trump and other populists' victories are going to end Western hegemony and thus profitable war-making. What better way to stave off revolution at home than by sending would-be revolutionary males off to a bloody war...

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Trump camp asserts text messages show timeline of events that should disqualify Fani Willis

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© GettyFani Willis โ€” the district attorney for Fulton County, Georgia โ€” previously said the allegations brought against her of having an "improper" romantic relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade were made because she is Black.
A cache of hundreds of text messages show back-and-forth exchanges on the relationship

A crucial witness in the motion to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis from the Georgia election interference case was far more involved in the effort than previously known.

Terrence Bradley โ€” former law partner and divorce attorney of prosecutor Nathan Wade โ€” testified under oath Tuesday regarding what he knew about Georgia prosecutor Fani Willis and special prosector Nathan Wade's personal relationship. Bradley took the stand after Judge Scott McAfee determined that Bradley couldn't claim attorney-client privilege.

Text messages have now emerged that show Bradley cooperated extensively with Ashleigh Merchant, attorney for former President Donald Trump's co-defendant Michael Roman in the Georgia case, in the effort to disqualify Willis.

Comment: Fani should have been turfed out as a prosecutor and disbarred long ago. The case reeks. And what's up with Gov Kemp and the GA Republicans??

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Best of the Web: Neil Oliver tears into 'unelected puppet' Rishi Sunak for 'gaslighting' the British people

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Neil Oliver says that after years of neglect, politicians are starting to feel afraid as their poor decisions catch up with them.

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Best of the Web: Expelling US troops: Iraq's resistance efforts gain steam in Baghdad

© The CradleAs the Iraqi Resistance continues to pressure the US to halt support for Israel's war on Gaza, Baghdad - and Moscow - align closer with their agenda to expel US troops from Iraq.
Surveillance devices on a local Baghdad thoroughfare captured on camera the assassination of an Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades leader, Abu Baqir al-Saadi, in a 7 February US missile attack. The images show a missile piercing the roof of his vehicle, then deviating to the right of Al-Baladiyat street, leaving a wake of flames in its incendiary path.

Against the backdrop of the widening, US-backed and armed Israeli war on Gaza, the US airstrikes against Iraq and Syria were meant to deliver a strong message of deterrence to Iran's allies in the Axis of Resistance, who are targeting US military interests in West Asia in response to the carnage in Gaza.

But the strikes have instead served mainly to embarrass the Iraqi government and its domestic allies, prompting a reevaluation of the country's relationship with Washington and reviving calls for an end to the US military presence in Iraq.

Despite a steady stream of US threats and intimidation tactics employed to deter the Iraqi resistance since late last year, these factions have incrementally increased and expanded their engagement in the region-wide war, driven by their commitment to the Palestinian resistance and its liberation goals. The Iraqi groups have a specific goal: pressure Washington until it forces a Gaza truce - a strategic target that reflects the unity of purpose among the resistance factions in Iraq and the region.


Best of the Web: Nicaragua files genocide case against GERMANY at ICJ for abetting Israel's crimes in Gaza

Comment: They deserve this. Germany is culpable of genocide TWICE in one century...

© Remko ce Waal/ANP/AFPICJ President Joan Donoghue (C) and ICJ judges arrive at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) prior to the verdict announcement in the genocide case against Israel, brought by South Africa, in The Hague on January 26, 2024
Nicaragua accuses Germany of facilitating genocide and failing to prevent the commission of genocide at The Hague.

Nicaragua accused Germany on Friday of enabling genocide in Gaza in a lawsuit brought before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for supporting "Israel" and blocking financing for the UN Palestinian refugee agency.

The Central American country officially filed a case at the ICJ against Germany for supporting "Israel" financially and militarily.

"Germany is facilitating the commission of genocide and, in any case, has failed in its obligation to do everything possible to prevent the commission of genocide," Nicaragua asserted in a petition issued by the court in The Hague.

Comment: It's unlikely to have any discernible impact, however it at least highlights Germany's complicity - in spite of its history - and on the record: UN special rapporteur: Israel is deliberately starving Palestinians and it should be held accountable for genocide