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Iraqi militia says it reserves right to attack US objects in country after airstrike in Syria

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The US claims its jets raided the facility belonging to Iraqi militants, purportedly responsible for the February rocket attacks against American objects in Iraq, which claimed one life and left several US citizens injured. Washington insists that the attacks were sponsored by Iran.

One of the Iraqi militant groups, Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, has said it reserves the right to attack the US installations in the country as a response to Washington's bombing of the group's positions in Syria, Nasr al-Shammari, deputy secretary-general of al-Nujaba, told Al-Mayadin TV channel.

Al-Shammari noted that his group al-Nujaba had had an agreement with the Iraqi government not to target American facilities, but stressed it was no longer the case.

"All previous agreements [with the government] have been annulled and the resistance now reserves the right to set its own goals. The resistance, despite considering the US embassy in Baghdad as a den of spies, had agreed not to target it. From now on, it holds the right to attack US targets in this country," al-Shammari said.

The militant group representative also demanded that Baghdad reveal the names of those who supposedly passed the information to the US, which helped Washington to carry out its raid in Syria. Al-Shammari warned that otherwise if that information were not provided, the group would take matters into its own hands and punish those it believes to be responsible.


South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speech at CPAC: 'Fauci is wrong a lot'

Kristi Noem
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South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem speaks at the CPAC 2021 gathering in Orlando, Florida
Contrast South Dakota's response to COVID-19 pandemic to New York's

South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem says her state did a good job dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and said the nation's lead immunologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, "is wrong a lot."

"In South Dakota, I provided all of the information that we had to our people, and then I trusted them to make the best decisions for themselves [on how to prevent the spread of the virus] for their families and in turn their communities," she said.

"We never focused on case numbers. Instead, we kept our eye on hospital capacity. Dr. Fauci told me that I would have 10,000 COVID patients in the hospital on our worst day. On our worst day, we had a little over 600. I don't know if you agree but, Fauci is wrong a lot," Noem said.

Comment: Noem has consistently been against lockdowns, against government overreach, and against tyranny. This is a politician worthy of respect and support.


An AG probe is now a must for Andrew Cuomo: Goodwin

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NY Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a press conference at his NYC office.
It was a freewheeling conversation in a Manhattan restaurant about how to change Albany. Andrew Cuomo, then New York's attorney general, was a lock to be elected governor in 2010 and was gaming the hurdles and opportunities.

His conclusion would prove prophetic in ways he couldn't imagine. "The answer is to do it in two terms," he told a companion. "Third terms are always a mistake."

The irony is beyond rich, now that ­Cuomo is hitting major turbulence midway through his third term. Months after he was hailed as a model governor and touted as presidential timber, the sudden question is whether he will survive a federal investigation into the nursing-home disaster and accusations by two former aides that Cuomo sexually harassed them.

Power corrupts, third terms corrupt absolutely.

Calls for impeachment are growing louder over the horrific 15,000 nursing-home deaths and Cuomo's effort to hide them from the public and the FBI. Even louder are the calls from both Democrats and Republicans for him either to resign or face an independent probe into the harassment claims.

The calls took on a new urgency after the second woman's claim became public Saturday night.

The crises share common roots: ­Cuomo centralized power like no governor in modern times and came to see himself as untouchable. When the Legislature granted him emergency power early in the pandemic, he used it to fight critics as well as the virus.

The clamor against him has been slow to build largely because New York is run exclusively by Dems, most of whom would have instantly called for Cuomo's head if he were a Republican. Their hesitancy is also owing to the governor's reputation for taking retribution on even the mildest critics.

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Stock Up

Texas wholesale electric prices spiked more than 10,000% amid deep freeze outages

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The spot price of wholesale electricity on the Texas power grid spiked more than 10,000% on Monday amid a deep freeze across the state and rolling outages among power producers, according to data on the grid operator's website.

Real-time wholesale market prices on the power grid operated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) were more than $9,000 per megawatt hour late Monday morning, compared with pre-storm prices of less than $50 per megawatt hour, according to ERCOT data.

Comment: What will happen to our global power grid if a freezing storm like this one in Texas hits and last much longer?

Our "green" power plants are not capable of generating enough electricity to heat up our homes and will quite probably stop working in such harsh weather conditions as they did in Texas.

What good is green energy production if it doesn't work when we need it most? Will we have to get back to burning wood, gas, or coal in order to survive?

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Citing Wikipedia's capture by the left, site's co-founder launching free-speech-friendly competitor

Larry Sanger
Larry Sanger blasts increasingly woke Wikipedia's whitewashing of socialist and communist human rights atrocities as "propaganda."

A co-founder of Wikipedia is launching a competing website as a free-speech-friendly alternative to what he views as the increasingly monolithic left-wing bias of his former organization.

Last May, Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger wrote an op-ed on his personal website titled "Wikipedia is Badly Biased" claiming that Wikipedia's neutrality policy — known as "NPOV," or neutral point of view — "is dead."

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'CNN SUCKS': Jim Acosta confronted at CPAC over network's failure to cover Cuomo COVID and sexual harassment scandals

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CNN's Jim Acosta dropped by the CPAC in Orlando on Friday, but was not exactly given a warm welcome. People started chanting "CNN sucks" upon recognizing him and his crew.

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Family ejected from Frontier Airlines flight, passengers say due to maskless baby

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Frontier Airlines said they cancelled a flight from Florida on Sunday after a "large group" of passengers refused to wear masks — but the family involved claims they were booted simply because of a maskless baby.

The fracas took place aboard flight 2878, which was set to depart Miami en route to LaGuardia Airport at 7 p.m. until the disagreement forced all passengers to deplane and reschedule a flight for the next morning.

"Multiple people, including several adults, were asked repeatedly to wear their masks and refused to do so," the airline said in a statement Sunday night.

"Based on the continued refusal to comply with the federal mask mandate, refusal to disembark the aircraft and aggression towards the flight crew, local law enforcement was engaged."

However, fellow passenger Hershey Greenbaum told The Post the child seemed to be the reason for the family's removal.

Comment: See also: United Airlines kicks couple off flight because their 2-year old wouldn't "comply" and wear a mask


At least 18 killed in Myanmar on bloodiest day of protests against coup

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A riot police officer fires a rubber bullet towards demonstrators during a protest against the military coup in Yangon.
Myanmar police fired on protesters around the country on Sunday in the bloodiest day of weeks of demonstrations against a military coup and at least 18 people were killed, the U.N. human rights office said.

Police were out in force early and opened fire in different parts of the biggest city of Yangon after stun grenades, tear gas and shots in the air failed to break up crowds. Soldiers also reinforced police.

Several wounded people were hauled away by fellow protesters, leaving bloody smears on pavements, media images showed. One man died after being brought to a hospital with a bullet in the chest, said a doctor who asked not to be identified.

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Promoting Propaganda? Minneapolis to hire influencers to spread 'City Approved' information during trial over George Floyd's death

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Derek Chauvin • George Floyd
The Minneapolis City Council has unanimously approved paying six social media influencers to spread city-approved messaging and updates throughout the upcoming murder trial of former officer Derek Chauvin, who has been charged in George Floyd's death. On Friday, the council approved $1,181,500 for communication with the community during the trial, CBS Minnesota reports.

The city says social media partners will help dispel potential misinformation, and that the influencers will intentionally target Black, Native American, Somali, Hmong and Latinx communities with their messaging. Each influencer will be paid $2,000.

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Merit based admission is Racism? Boston Public Schools suspend Advanced Program Because of more number of Asian and White Students

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An advanced program for high-performing students at Boston Public Schools was suspended after district officials determined the program would not promote antiracism due to the disproportionate number of Asian and white students, GBH News reported.

The Advanced Work Classes program, which provides an accelerated academic curriculum for students in fourth through sixth grade, will be suspended for one year after Boston Public Schools' superintendent Brenda Cassellius recommended the school focus on reforming its antiracist policies, according to GBH News.

"There's been a lot of inequities that have been brought to the light in the pandemic that we have to address," Cassellius said, according to GBH News. "There's a lot of work we have to do in the district to be antiracist and have policies where all of our students have a fair shot at an equitable and excellent education."

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