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Majority of voters say Biden dividing the US - survey

Joe Biden
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Joe Biden speaks at the signing ceremony for a spending bill at the White House in Washington, DC, September 13, 2022
Some 58.7% of American voters believe that US President Joe Biden has divided, rather than unified, the country during his time in office, a new poll has found. The results come as Biden battles low approval ratings and after he accused his political opponents of threatening "democracy" itself.

Commissioned by the Convention of States and released on Wednesday, the poll found that 58.7% of Americans believe that Biden has divided the US, while 20.6% think he's unified it. Another 20.7% aren't sure.

While 43.6% of Democrats believe that Biden has made good on his campaign promise to be "a president for all Americans," 92.8% of Republicans think he has divided the country, as do 64.1% of independents, according to Breitbart, which first obtained the results of the poll.

A separate Trafalgar poll released on Monday put Biden's approval at 39.3%, with 54.8% disapproving. Although the US president's ratings vary from poll to poll, they have consistently fallen over the last year. A Yahoo News and YouGov survey taken earlier this month found that more than 60% of Americans, including nearly half of Democrats, feel that the US is "on the wrong track."

Comment: See also: Poll: Majority of Americans believe Biden's 'MAGA extremists' speech a 'dangerous escalation in rhetoric, designed to incite conflict'


Republican lawmakers say 100K troops face discharge over Biden vaccine mandate

US Troops in Afghanistan
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Republican lawmakers, led by Reps. Mike Johnson (LA), Chip Roy (TX), and Thomas Massie (KY), are demanding answers about the effect of the vaccine mandate on military readiness in a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin first obtained by Breitbart News.

"The Biden Administration's military vaccine mandate is clearly harming military readiness by creating unnecessary recruiting and retention shortfalls," Johnson said in a statement.

"And now, after the Pentagon has tried, and failed, to make up the difference by reducing recruitment standards, over 100,000 active servicemembers — who taxpayers paid to train — face discharge during the worst recruiting year in our military's history," he said.

Republican lawmakers, led by Reps. Mike Johnson (LA), Chip Roy (TX), and Thomas Massie (KY), are demanding answers about the effect of the vaccine mandate on military readiness in a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin first obtained by Breitbart News.


Nearly half of San Franciscans have been victims of theft, new poll says

Car theft
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Nearly half of San Franciscans have been a victim of theft in the past five years and a quarter have been threatened or physically attacked, according to a new poll.

Findings from the SF Chronicle survey underscored the challenges of the city and the unhappiness of its residents, with 65% saying life in SF is worse today than when they moved here.

The survey also found that 39% of residents have had their property damaged in the past five years.

The new poll of residents confirms the findings of The Standard's poll of voters prior to the June 2022 election. By far, both studies found that the No. 1 reported problem in the city is homelessness, followed by crime/safety.


Ukraine detaining Russian teachers in territories it recaptured

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk
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Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk
Ukrainian authorities have detained an unspecified number of Russian teachers who moved to Ukrainian towns and cities after Russia took control of them after launching its invasion in late February.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on September 12 that the teachers, who moved to Ukraine to teach a Russian curriculum at local Ukrainian schools "committed a crime."

"Of course, a court will decide on their punishment, but on the territory of our country there is still a big number of Russian citizens who came to temporarily occupied territories and they will surely face justice unless they leave our territory immediately," Vereshchuk said .

Vereshchuk added that the detained Russian teachers will not be included in prisoner-exchange lists as they are not combatants.

Comment: RFE/RL does it propaganda duty with the news that Ukraine's prosecutor general is denying any teachers were arrested:
The Ukrainian Prosecutor-General's Office has denied a statement by Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk that Russian teachers in territories liberated from Russian occupying troops had been detained.

Ihor Belousov of the Ukrainian Prosecutor-General's Office told Current Time that no Russian teachers were detained by Ukrainian armed forces in "de-occupied territories" of Ukraine.

Sources in prosecutor's offices in Ukraine's Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Luhansk regions also told Current Time that no Russian teachers were arrested in the regions' districts retaken under Kyiv's control in recent days.

On September 12, Vereshchuk said Ukrainian forces arrested an unspecified number of Russian teachers who moved to Ukraine to teach a Russian curriculum at local Ukrainian schools in regions taken under Russian armed forces' control during Russia's ongoing unprovoked invasion of Ukraine launched in late February.

Ukrainian lawmaker Oleksiy Honcharenko also said Russian teachers were detained in the town of Kupyansk in the Kharkiv region.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on September 13 denied there were Russian teachers in Ukraine's Kharkiv region.

Russian Education Minister Sergei Kravtsov added that all Ukrainian teachers who collaborated with Russia-appointed authorities and chose to move to Russia from the region had been given assistance to do so.

The chief of Russia's Investigative Committee, Aleksandr Bastrykin, on September 13 ordered to launch a probe into reported detainment of Russian teachers in Ukraine.
So which is it?


Russian-appointed rector of university in Ukraine's Kherson reportedly survives assassination attempt

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Kherson State University
The Russia-installed rector at Kherson State University in southeastern Ukraine, Tatyana Tomilina, has reportedly survived an assassination attempt and is currently in the hospital.

Russian news agencies reported late on September 12 that a handmade explosive device detonated, killing a man thought to be her security guard and injuring Tomilina as they were entering her apartment block.

Initial reports said that Tomilina was hospitalized with shrapnel wounds and contusions. Russia-appointed authorities in Kherson said on September 13 that Tomilina's life is not under threat and that her wounds are not serious.

It was not immediately possible to verify the reports.


Civilians killed in Ukrainian shelling of Russian region

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Crater from Ukraine shelling Logachevka
Ukrainian forces shelled the town of Logachevka in Russia's Belgorod region on Monday, the region's head, Vyacheslav Gladkov said on his Telegram channel. The shelling killed an elderly woman and left four injured, he said, adding that they had been taken to a local hospital.

The deceased woman and three of the injured people were all Ukrainian citizens, Gladkov said, adding that the fourth person is a local resident.

There was also "partial destruction" of several private houses, cars and a power transmission line, the official said, adding that local emergency services had to temporarily halt gas and electricity supply to the town. Local authorities were also ordered to evacuate Logachevka residents in the wake of the shelling.

Logachevka is located close to Russia's border with Ukraine, with a border crossing located nearby. According to Russian media, the Russian military responded to the shelling with an airstrike that forced the Ukrainian troops to leave their position and "disperse."

Arrow Up

Germany's inflation rate climbs to 7.9% in August

Germany's annual consumer inflation rate stood at 7.9% this August, in line with market forecasts, according to official data released on Tuesday.

The first reading for the month marked a rise from July's figure of 7.5%, a jump driven by increasing prices of energy products and food.

Energy prices surged 35.6% year-on-year in August, slightly lower than July's 35.7%.

Household energy costs were up 46.4% as heating oil prices more than doubled with a 111.5% annual rise and natural gas prices climbed 83.8%.

Comment: Things are heating up it seems, or should we say cooling down: And more on rising inflation:


Mollie Hemingway: 'A country has not survived with two standards of justice'

Mollie Hemingway
Speaking to a crowd at the National Conservatism Conference on Monday, The Federalist Editor-in-Chief Mollie Hemingway addressed the two-tiered system of justice the United States is currently facing today.

Focusing on federal law enforcement agencies, Hemingway recounted how the Department of Justice has been "fully weaponized" to "persecute political opponents."

Hemingway noted the usage of the Department of Justice to go after concerned parents late last fall, attempts to restore election security, or the numerous attempts to go after former President Donald Trump.

Comment: There are so many other examples not even mentioned in this article about the two standards of justice we've all seen happening in the US since the current administration stepped in. Biden's latest speech shows that the rhetoric is only increasing.

Stock Up

Elon Musk's Twitter buyout deal APPROVED by shareholders

elon musk
On Tuesday, Twitter's shareholders voted to approve Elon Musk's $44 billion buyout deal that was set in motion earlier this year.

According to The Verge, sources yesterday had suggested that a vast majority of shareholders were set to approve of the bid, with the required majority being locked in before Tuesday's meeting.

The vote comes as Musk is locked in a legal battle with the social media platform over an attempt to terminate the deal, after Musk sought data that confirmed that the number of Twitter accounts that are automated bot accounts is less than 5 percent.

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Cell Phone

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell claims the FBI seized his phone outside a Hardees: 'My hearing aids run off this!'

mike lindell
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CEO of MyPillow Mike Lindell is in the rally at west steps of Colorado State Capitol building in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.
During a Facebook broadcast on Tuesday night, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell claimed the FBI had been "weaponized" against him when they executed a lawful search warrant to seize his phone.

According to a copy of a subpoena uploaded by Lindell, his cell phone was taken by federal agents Tuesday as part of a warrant seeking records related to the "authorization or lack of authorization to damage or modify any Dominion computerized voting system." The investigation was also related to "any attempted misappropriation, theft, conversion, transfer, or exfiltration of any proprietary hardware, software or other data" related to the voting machines.

The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Comment: Despite the above article coming from the usual liberally biased perspective, this isn't just another MAGA person getting his just desserts. This is a targeted campaign by the FBI to harass and intimidate the opposition to the Democrats. This latest FBI raid is one of many in recent days.

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