Biden unveils 500 new sanctions against Russia; Revenge for Navalny’s death

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Important Takeaways:

  • Biden announces 500 sanctions against Russia as payback for war, Navalny
  • Biden said the sanctions are payback for Mr. Navalny’s death in an Arctic prison and designed to coincide with the second anniversary of Mr. Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine.
  • “These sanctions will target individuals connected to Navalny’s imprisonment as well as Russia’s financial sector, defense industrial base, procurement networks and sanctions evaders across multiple continents,” Mr. Biden said. “They will ensure Putin pays an even steeper price for his aggression abroad and repression at home.”
  • Biden also said he is imposing 100 export restrictions on entities that are providing “backdoor” support for Russia’s war effort.
  • The U.S. and Western nations have imposed crippling sanctions on Russia over its war on Ukraine, only to see Moscow find end-runs around the restrictions or new global partners to keep its economy afloat.
  • The president scolded the Republican-led House for failing to take up a Senate-passed supplemental bill that includes $60 billion in aid for Ukraine.
  • The U.S. has provided more than $75 billion already. Some lawmakers say there is no clear plan for a Ukrainian victory so it doesn’t make sense to throw more American treasure at the effort or to help more Ukrainian soldiers to die in what is a never-ending stalemate.

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White House abandons Israel forcing them to half-heartedly defend themselves

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Important Takeaways:

  • How the US Abandoned Israel under Biden
  • “Israel must again be a safe place for the Jewish people. And I promise you: We’re going to do everything in our power to make sure that it will be.” — US President Joe Biden, October 18, 2023.
  • It did not take long, however, for the Biden administration to completely turn that promise on its head. The reversal began with US demands on Israel to scale down military operations, which were already scaled down….
  • “Israel implemented more measures to prevent civilian casualties than any other nation in history…. Israel’s use of real phone calls to civilians in combat areas (19,734), SMS texts (64,399) and pre-recorded calls (almost 6 million) to provide instructions on evacuations is also unprecedented.” — John Spencer, chair of urban warfare studies at the Modern War Institute, United States Military Academy West Point, newsweek.com, January 31, 2024
  • The only relevant country that has apparently not been invited to the “urgent” discussions [to reward terrorists unilaterally with a soon-to-be-militarized Palestinian State] is Israel.
  • Biden, clearly, seems not that intent on making Israel or the Free World a safe place again. At least not if it might compromise his reelection.

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‘War of Words’ Putin hits back at Joe Biden after the President called him a crazy SOB

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Important Takeaways:

  • Putin hits back at ‘useless old geezer’ and ‘Hollywood Cowboy’ Biden after the President called him a ‘crazy SOB’ in latest war of words between the leaders: Russian despot’s allies pile in accusing ‘senile’ Biden of ‘ready to start a war’
  • The Kremlin slammed Joe Biden’s use of ‘shameful language’ after the US president called Russian President Vladimir Putin a ‘crazy SOB’ during an event to raise awareness of climate change in San Francisco.
  • ‘This is a huge shame for the country itself… for the US. If a president uses that kind of language, it’s shameful,’ Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. He remarked that Biden’s statement was a poor attempt to appear like a ‘Hollywood cowboy.’
  • Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, a staunch Putin ally, said that the true ‘existential threat’ in the world was ‘useless old geezers, like Biden himself.’ He went on to accuse the president of being ‘ready to start a war with Russia.’
  • Biden has previously cursed ‘son of a bitch’ at others. In January 2022, he was caught on the hot mic using the same term of abuse against a Fox News White House reporter.

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Produce suppliers are caught in the middle of high input costs and the struggling consumer

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Important Takeaways:

  • PA food supplier warns Americans getting squeezed by inflation are becoming ‘resistant’ to higher prices
  • As the Keystone State saw inflation last year dig deeper into residents’ wallets than any other state, one Philly-based food supplier is warning that the fight may not be over yet.
  • The Philadelphia-based produce supplier has been caught between higher input costs and consumers struggling to pay for inflationary prices. According to Consumer Affairs, Pennsylvania saw the highest grocery inflation rate of any state in 2023, at an 8.2% increase year-over-year.
  • The typical U.S. household needed to pay $213 more a month in January to purchase the same goods and services it did one year ago because of still-high inflation, according to new calculations from Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi.
  • Americans are paying on average $605 more each month compared with the same time two years ago and $1,019 more compared with three years ago, before the inflation crisis began.

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Inflation is cooling but we’re still paying more at the grocery store; Joe Biden blames it on corporate greed

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Important Takeaways:

  • Inflation may be rapidly cooling, but there’s one area that continues to eat away at Americans’ budgets: Stubbornly high food prices.
  • Rising food costs were one contributor to the hotter-than-expected inflation report on Tuesday, with food prices rising 0.4% in January from December, a faster pace than the overall 0.3% rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
  • The CPI, a basket of goods and services typically bought by Americans, measures two types of food purchases, groceries and “food away from home,” or restaurant and other prepared meals. Both are rising, but restaurant prices are increasing at a faster pace, jumping 5.1% on an annual basis compared with a 1.2% increase in grocery costs.
  • Any increase in food prices may be especially painful to American consumers, given that supermarket prices are now 25% higher than in January 2020, while inflation has increased 19% over that same time. That means even though grocery costs are now rising at a slower pace than in the depth of the pandemic’s inflationary spike, the same shopping basket still costs more than a month or a year ago, a fact that has soured many consumers on the economy.
  • The reason for inflation’s stubborn hold on food prices can be linked to a number of issues, from higher labor costs at manufacturers that trickle down to consumers, to record-low cattle numbers that are driving up the cost of beef and steak.
  • But some policy experts see other issues at work: Corporations, they claim, are increasing prices simply because they can. President Joe Biden last month warned that companies are “ripping people off” with a combination of price gouging, “greedflation” and shrinkflation.
  • In fact, five types of food have been responsible for 30% of grocery inflation in recent years… They are beef and veal; poultry; non-frozen, non-carbonated juices and drinks; fresh fruits and vegetables; and snacks.

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Georgia Gov. sending troops to Texas stating crisis has intensified to the point “every state is a border state”

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Important Takeaways:

  • Georgia Governor sending troops to Texas because Biden won’t act: He could ‘fix this’
  • President Biden’s continued inaction against the deluge of illegal immigration at the Mexican border spurred Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to act, the Republican told Fox News after publicly pledging more than a dozen guardsmen to be deployed to Texas.
  • Kemp said the deployment will not happen, however, until a formal request is sent to the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency by Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.
  • Despite Mexico being 1,000 miles from the Chattahoochee River at Georgia’s westernmost boundary, Kemp said the crisis has intensified under Biden to the point “every state is a border state.”
  • Kemp told “Your World” Tuesday that Georgia guardsmen will set up a forward command post to assist the Texas National Guard’s efforts.

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Gordon Chang points out why the White House should stay away from making any agreements with China over the role of AI

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Important Takeaways:

  • “China has signaled interest in joining discussions on setting rules and norms for AI, and we should welcome that,” said Bonnie Glaser of the German Marshall Fund to the Breaking Defense site. “The White House is interested in engaging China on limiting the role of AI in command and control of nuclear weapons.”
  • [N]o, America should not want to enter into any AI agreement with the People’s Republic of China on “nuclear C2” — command and control — or any other matter.
  • An agreement requiring a human to make launch decisions would, as a practical matter, be unenforceable.
  • None of China, Russia, or the United States would allow others to pore over millions of lines of their computer code…..
  • America does not need another feel-good agreement with China. It already has them, especially the Biological Weapons Convention, which has no enforcement mechanisms.
  • The Chinese regime wants to talk about artificial intelligence largely because it is trailing the U.S. and thinks an agreement would help it catch up…. [and] pave the way for China to access the U.S. technology it does not already have.

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The Plot Thickens: Iran threatens to target Americans across the middle east if US strikes Iranian soil

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Important Takeaways:

  • Tehran warns Biden that if US strikes Iranian soil in retaliation for death of three soldiers the Islamist regime will hit back at American targets across the Middle East – sparking all-out war between the foes
  • Tehran has told Washington, via intermediaries, that it will attack U.S. targets in the Middle East if the Pentagon launches strikes on Iranian soil
  • The grim warning came as the world holds its breath to see how Joe Biden will respond to the killing of three U.S. soldiers by Iranian-backed militias.
  • Joe Biden on Tuesday said that he had made up his mind about how to respond to Sunday’s killing of three U.S. service members by an Iranian-backed militia
  • The strikes are expected to take place over time, and in waves: targets could include Iranian naval vessels in the Persian Gulf, or a cyberattack
  • The Pentagon has existing plans for potential strikes on Iranian missile sites and air bases, in case a conflict broke out between Iran and Israel. Israel has been carrying out high-profile bombing runs, practicing attacks on the Natanz nuclear site and the underground facility at Fordow.
  • The cyberattack would disable Iran’s air defenses, communications systems and crucial parts of its power grid.

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Border crisis while Washington pushes two-state solution: Could the United States become the Divided States over pampering Palestine?

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Important Takeaways:

  • On Thin Ice With God: The Growing Betrayal of Israel And Obsession With Dividing Jerusalem
  • This is just the beginning of the world’s obsession with Jerusalem and the Land of Israel (see Zechariah 12:1-4). In Joel 3:1-3, the Lord refers to the efforts of the nations to divide up His Land as a reason for His judgment of them in the final climatic battle, which is likely His destruction of the world’s armies at His Second Coming. God will severely judge those who seek to divide His Land.
  • One website lists over a dozen occurrences of God displaying His displeasure at the attempts of the American government to facilitate deals that would divide up the Land of Israel. In each of the instances, calamities struck somewhere in the U.S. Some claim that these are merely “coincidences,” but it has happened far too many times for it not to be a warning from the Lord.
  • That’s why I say the Biden administration is skating on remarkably thin ice with its devious support of solutions that would endanger the welfare of the people of Israel.
  • I don’t know when the ice will break for the Biden administration or for other nations seeking to enforce the two-state solution upon Israel, but the Bible warns that it most certainly will not end well for them.

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Texas vs. supreme leader Joe Biden in Border Standoff: More Governors are now backing Texas’s right to defend itself

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Important Takeaways;

  • Joe Biden Gives Governor Greg Abbott A 24 Hour Ultimatum As The Border Standoff Intensifies
  • …Texas Governor Greg Abbott is not backing down, and a whole bunch of other red states have publicly announced that they support what he is doing. In response, the Biden administration has reportedly issued a 24-hour ultimatum and is warning that Texas will “face the consequences” if the Texas National Guard does not stand down.  I honestly do not remember the last time we witnessed a conflict of this magnitude between the federal government and a state government…
  • If Abbott does not comply, what will Biden do? … Biden could attempt to federalize the Texas National Guard.
  • Needless to say, Donald Trump was going to have something to say about all of this.
  • He is calling for all “willing states to deploy their [national guard] to Texas” in order to help protect the border.
  • Reporter Bill Melugin has posted a long list of red states that have publicly announced that they are standing with the Lone Star State…
    • Updated list of states announcing they stand w/Texas in border dispute w/federal government.
    • Florida
    • Virginia
    • Georgia
    • North Dakota
    • South Dakota
    • Tennessee
    • Alabama
    • Montana
    • Idaho
    • Utah
    • West Virginia
    • Oklahoma
    • Nebraska
    • Louisiana
    • Several of these states have also previously sent physical help, State troopers, etc.
  • Since he posted that list, Arkansas, Iowa, Mississippi and Wyoming have also come on board.

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