News and Headlines 12/21/2021: Keeping you informed.

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Army Ranger vet charged with Capitol storming to remain jailed as ‘threat’ despite no prior record

Photo of Robert Morss outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. (U.S. Department of Justice photo/Released)
Photo of Robert Morss outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. (U.S. Department of Justice photo/Released)

A federal judge ruled that a U.S. Army Ranger veteran charged with multiple counts relating to the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol will remain jailed as a “threat” as he awaits his trial, despite having no prior criminal record.

On Friday, Washington D.C. U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden rejected a pretrial motion for release by Robert Morss, 28, an Army veteran accused of taking a leadership role in storming the U.S. Capitol, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Morss and his lawyers had argued that he has been subjected to poor treatment over the months he’s been jailed since Jan. 6. Morss’ legal team also cited his military service and lack of criminal record as reasons to let him go ahead of his trial.

Hunter Biden did business with missing Heidi Planck’s boss emails show

Planck, an accountant for accused fraudster financier Jason Sugarman, disappeared in Los Angeles on October 17.

The vanishing led police to question Sugarman, who is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for an alleged $43million fraud.

A SWAT team has raided Planck’s house and police have combed through a landfill for her remains, but her mystery disappearance remains unsolved.

Planck’s ex-husband believes the financier knows more about her disappearance than he has told detectives. can now reveal emails from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop which show Sugarman worked on a multi-million-dollar deal with the president’s son and his Chinese business partners in 2015. 

Chicago mayor pleads with AG Merrick Garland to send ATF agents

This comes after the democrat proposed slashing $80 million from the Chicago Police Department budget in 2020 during ‘defund the police’ protests. 

The proposal was later scaled back and 3.3% of the budget – or $59 million – was cut and Lightfoot has since denounced the ‘defund’ movement, but Chicago’s police union still issued a vote of ‘no confidence’ in the mayor earlier this year.

‘The federal government remains uniquely qualified to help address the scourge of gun violence,’ Lightfoot said on Monday. ‘We need these additional resources well in advance of next summer.’

Chicago is currently fighting a 25-year high murder rate, with 767 homicides occurring within the city so far this year.

US immigrant population hits highest in HISTORY under Biden

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Provided by Daily Mail

The number of immigrants in the U.S. – both illegal and legal – has hit an all-time record high, with a Monday report showing 46.2 million foreign-born people are living in the country.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies report on the Census Bureau’s monthly Current Population Study (CPS), immigrants made up 14.2 per cent of the U.S population as of November 2021.

This figure is the highest the U.S. immigration population has been in 111 years. It is also triple the share of the population since 1970 and double since 1990.

Federal government to pay up to $80,000 to thousands of unpaid California mortgages

Jacob Findlay / Shutterstock
Jacob Findlay / Shutterstock

(The Center Square) – Thousands of California homeowners who fell behind on mortgage payments during the COVID-19 pandemic could receive relief grants as part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s $1 billion plan that was federally approved on Monday.

The U.S. Department of Treasury on Monday backed Newsom’s $1 billion mortgage relief grant program, clearing the way for its launch in just a few weeks. The governor estimates that between 20,000 to 40,000 California homeowners could benefit from the program, dubbed the California Mortgage Relief Program.

The program will fully cover overdue housing payments of up to $80,000 per household. According to the governor’s office, the funds will go directly to the homeowner’s mortgage services via a one-time grant funded by the American Rescue Plan Act’s Homeowner Assistance Fund.

Operation Lone Star border security efforts get additional $38.4 million in funding

Eric Gay | AP
Eric Gay | AP

The money will provide additional funding for Operation Lone Star, which Abbott launched in March and go towards law enforcement, jail operations, and court administration costs. It brings the total PSO funding for Operation Lone Star to $74 million to date designed to assist border cities and counties.

The state legislature earlier this year allocated $3 billion in funding for Texas’ border security efforts.

“From deterring illegal immigration, to preventing the smuggling of drugs and weapons, to curtailing human trafficking, the deployment of resources and personnel needed to arrest and jail criminals along the border is imperative to our comprehensive border security strategy under Operation Lone Star,” Abbott said. “This additional funding will strengthen our response to the border crisis and ensure our law enforcement and local partners have the resources they need to keep our communities safe in the federal government’s absence.”

Census: Population growth slows as New York, California, Illinois see steep declines

Tim Patterson | Flickr via Creative Commons
Tim Patterson | Flickr via Creative Commons

California lost 367,299 people this past year through domestic migration, which accounts for those moving into the state and those moving out. For the first time since 1850, California lost population in last year’s Census, when it lost 70,000 residents. Increasing taxes, restrictive policies on businesses and ongoing lockdowns have led individuals and Silicon Valley companies to exit the Golden State in record numbers over the last two years.

New York lost the next most people over the past year – 352,185 on net – because of migration. Illinois, which has been losing population for years, lost the third most – 122,460.

Florida (220,890), Texas (170,307) and Arizona (93,026) saw the largest net domestic migration gains.

“Between 2020 and 2021, 33 states saw population increases and 17 states and the District of Columbia lost population, 11 of which had losses of over 10,000 people,” t

NYC thief posing as UPS deliveryman robs couple and grandkids at gunpoint, steals piggy bank savings


The NYPD released surveillance footage showing two suspects in the hallway of the apartment building. One suspect, who is holding a box, is wearing a brown jacket and a winter hat emblazoned with letters that read “UPS.” The second suspect is wearing a black hoodie.

Police said that the man in brown knocked on the family’s door and announced himself as a UPS. When the 60-year-old grandmother opened the door, the man and pushed his way inside and drew a silver revolver from inside the box.

The second suspect then entered the apartment and the pair demanded that the woman, her 63-year-old husband and their grandchildren, an 8-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl, bind themselves using zip ties.

Dozens of felons out on bond in Chicago are getting re-arrested: report

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

As of Saturday, at least 60 felons were accused of murder, attempted murder or shootings while awaiting trial for a previous felony, CWB Chicago reported, with the total number of victims from these crimes adding up to at least 92.

The latest felon was identified as Malik Perteet, 22, who appeared in bond court last week. Police said Perteet was arrested Wednesday after shooting a 17-year-old girl in the 12500 block of S. Lowe Avenue earlier this month.

Perteet allegedly tried to kill the girl during a marijuana sale on Dec. 5. At the time of the shooting, he was on bail and wearing an electronic monitoring device for a separate gun case and a separate drug case, the outlet reported.

During a shootout with another man in March, the station reported that Perteet was wounded, and an 11-year-old girl died from injuries she suffered after being struck by a bullet the other man fired.


Trump says China must pay $60T reparations to the world for COVID

Then-President Donald J. Trump. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
Then-President Donald J. Trump. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

During an interview on Sunday with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, former President Donald Trump said China should be made to pay reparations for its role in the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Trump estimated the total cost from the pandemic would be in excess of $60 trillion.

“China has to pay, they have to do something,” Trump said. “They have to pay reparations and China doesn’t have the money to pay those reparations.”

“I believe that worldwide, I’m not just talking about the United States, but worldwide [its] $60 trillion of damage,” Trump continued. “China doesn’t have $60 trillion, but they have to do something to make up for what they’ve done. What they’ve done to the world is so horrible. It’s been horrible all over the world and it doesn’t stop.”

Rand Paul on Vaccine Mandates, Inflation, Socialism, and his fights with Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci says people who criticize him are “really criticizing science.”

Sen Rand Paul compares that to the medieval Church punishing people for questioning church dogma.

Here’s a longer interview with Dr. Paul on Covid, Fauci, socialism and more.

Dan Bongino Nails the ‘Red Line’ Crossed by the Trump-Hating Jan 6th Committee – Video

The Russian collusion hoax, the Ukraine whistleblower fiasco and the Jan 6 committee are highly publicized examples of Democrats lying in the attempt to create reality. All three of these examples have at least one thing in common: California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Schiff has a habit of lying to the American people about his political opponents — and who knows what else. Lying, as any child is taught, is a red line that, if crossed, will have consequences. Or will it?

The fact that Schiff is a liar is telling, as Fox News host Dan Bongino pointed out in an interview Saturday with Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio. In the interview, the “Unfiltered with Dan Bongino” host emphasized that not only do Democrats lie, they have a pattern of doing so for political purposes.

“Adam Schiff has been caught multiple times doing this,” Bongino said.

General Flynn Files Restraining Order Against Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Injunctive Relief Against Jan. 6 Committee

From today’s failing:

General Flynn did not organize, speak at, or actively participate in any rallies or protests in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021, and he of course did not participate in the attack on the Capitol that day. Ex. A, Declaration of Michael Flynn (“Flynn Decl.”) ¶ 5. Nevertheless, the Select Committee—assuming the role of shadow prosecutor for the January 6 attack and working in parallel with the actual prosecutors at the Department of Justice—has diverted its attention from its important work to target General Flynn for a quasi-prosecution that is either aimless or transparently partisan.

General Flynn also filed declaratory and injunctive relief to invalidate and prohibit the enforcement of a subpoena from the Select Committee.

Ariz. governor candidate ensures state-level measures to secure U.S. border

Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake proposes state-wide measures to ensure border security in the U.S. One America’s Camryn Kinsey has more.

Tipping Point – AmericaFest 2021 – Marjorie Taylor Greene

Special Counsel John Durham Investigating Members of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Campaign

(U.S. Department of Justice via AP, File)
(U.S. Department of Justice via AP, File)

The Hillary Clinton Campaign and multiple former employees of the Hillary Clinton Campaign are under investigation.

People who worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign could be called to testify in court cases stemming from a probe of the Russia-Trump counterintelligence investigation, according to a recent court filing.

The disclosure from Special Counsel John Durham’s team came as they tried to convince a judge to explore potential conflicts of interest involving attorneys Danny Onorato and Stuart Sears, who are representing Igor Danchenko.

Danchenko, a Russian analyst, was indicted by a grand jury last month on five false statement charges.

Michigan Supreme Court orders Redistricting Committee to release secret meeting documents

Photo: Scott McClallen | The Center Square
Photo: Scott McClallen | The Center Square

The committee’s failure to do so thus far violates the state constitution, reads the majority opinion of the Supreme Court justices, issued Monday. The majority was comprised of David Viviano, Brian Zahra, Elizabeth Clement and Richard Bernstein. 

The lawsuit was filed by The Detroit News, Bridge Michigan, the Detroit Free Press and the Michigan Press Association. The suit was prompted by an Oct. 27 Redistricting Commission session closed to the public. According to The Detroit News, the commission discussed two memos, “Voting Rights Act” and “The History of Discrimination in the State of Michigan and Its Influence on Voting.”

The Supreme Court rendered its opinion two weeks after Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel also said the committee was required to release any information pertaining to the secret meeting.

Carlson: Biden COVID Policies a ‘Measurable Failure’ — More Americans Have Died from COVID Under Biden than Trump

Monday on FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson hammered President Joe Biden’s approach to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, which he declared a “measurable failure.”

To bolster his point, Carlson noted the COVID-19 death total under Biden has exceeded that of his predecessor, President Donald Trump.

It turns out Democrats are exactly what they appear to be.

They are the party of neurotic personally unsatisfied white ladies who live in the suburbs. You know those preachy little signs you see in the lawns of affluent neighborhoods telling you how the people who live inside love BLM and support Tony Fauci? That’s the real Democratic Party.

Tucker: This is a major conflict of interest

Tucker Carlson says Democrats are all talk with little action when it comes to cracking down on Big Tech.

How Democrats Fooled California’s Redistricting Commission

In previous years, the party had used its perennial control of California’s state Legislature to draw district maps that protected Democratic incumbents.

But in 2010, California voters put redistricting in the hands of a citizens’ commission where decisions would be guided by public testimony and open debate.

The citizens’ commission had pledged to create districts based on testimony from the communities themselves, not from parties or statewide political players.

To get around that, Democrats surreptitiously enlisted local voters, elected officials, labor unions and community groups to testify in support of configurations that coincided with the party’s interests.

When they appeared before the commission, those groups identified themselves as ordinary Californians and did not disclose their ties to the party. One woman who purported to represent the Asian community of the San Gabriel Valley was actually a lobbyist who grew up in rural Idaho, and lives in Sacramento.

Donald Trump Announces January 6th Press Conference at Mar-a-Lago

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Michael Reaves/Getty

The event will contrast with events planned by President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to mark the anniversary of the protests by highlighting the “insurrection” that threatened democracy on that day.

Trump said in a statement he would focus on the “rigged” 2020 presidential election and make the case that the “insurrection” was on Election Day.

“[R]emember, the insurrection took place on November 3rd, it was the completely unarmed protest of the rigged election that took place on January 6th,” Trump wrote, claiming evidence of voter fraud in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Republican Rep. Scott Perry refuses interview with Jan. 6 commission claiming it is ‘illegitimate’

(AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades, File)
(AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades, File)

The committee on Monday had sent Perry a letter asking him to appear, specifically stating that they wanted to speak with him regarding alleged efforts to make Jeffrey Clark acting attorney general days prior to the protests.

“I stand with immense respect for our Constitution, the Rule of Law, and the Americans I represent who know that this entity is illegitimate, and not duly constituted under the rules of the US House of Representatives,” Perry tweeted Tuesday morning. 

“I decline this entity’s request and will continue to fight the failures of the radical Left who desperately seek distraction from their abject failures of crushing inflation, a humiliating surrender in Afghanistan, and the horrendous crisis they created at our border,” he said.

Harmeet Dhillon on Biden telling the DOJ to find Ashley Biden’s diary

Harmeet Dhillon on Biden telling the DOJ to find Ashley Biden’s diary: “This is nothing more than a political witch hunt that is targeted at conservative donors, conservative journalists…”

World News:

We have every right to take action aimed to ensure security, says Putin on tensions with Ukraine

( AFP )
( AFP )

Amid tensions at the border with Ukraine, Russian President Putin said that US and NATO’s missile systems including the hypersonic weapons were a “serious challenge” to the country’s security.

“If our Western colleagues continue their aggressive course of action, we will take adequate military and technical actions in response,” Putin said adding that Russia has “every right to do so”.

Ukraine has been warning that Russia has massed thousands of troops on its border with the intention of invading the country. The EU and the US have repeatedly been warning of “massive consequences” if Russia attacked Ukraine.

Putin said increased tension in Europe was “their fault”. The Russian president said with every step the situation has been “getting worse, worse, worse and degraded and degraded” referring to the situation at the border with Ukine. 

China has multiple military basing options in Africa, analysts say

The DF-17 medium-range missile can be equipped with a hypersonic glide vehicle -- China's first operational weapon of this type.   © Reuters
The DF-17 medium-range missile can be equipped with a hypersonic glide vehicle — China’s first operational weapon of this type.   © Reuters

China is reportedly looking to build a military presence in Equatorial Guinea, which would be its second such facility in Africa and the first along the Atlantic Ocean. But China’s options are not limited to the small country, analysts say.

Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Angola and Seychelles are strong candidates, each with different reasons.

Yet, Beijing is also likely to choose its military basing options carefully, analysts say, ensuring that any host country is politically stable enough so the Chinese will not be forced out if the local leadership were to be toppled. China’s first African base is in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.

Russia Reportedly Tests Cruise Missile From Sea Of Japan

A Russian submarine has successfully launched a Kalibr cruise missile from the Sea of Japan at a land target more than 1,000 kilometers away, Russian news agencies reported on December 21.

The diesel-electric submarine Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky hit a target located at a Russian training ground onshore, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Russia’s Pacific Fleet said the exercise also included covert movement and support from navy vessels, aircraft, and drones.

Japan continues to assert territorial rights to the Kurile Islands in the nearby Sea of Okhotsk. Japan calls the islands the Northern Territories. Soviet troops seized them from Japan at the end of World War II.

The truth about NHS capacity.

We are all paying the price for the decision to keep the Nightingale hospitals open. No 10 had almost 2 years to extend capacity in the NHS.

Opposition Protests In Georgia’s Breakaway Abkhazia Turn Violent

Opposition protesters gather in Sukhumi on December 21.
Opposition protesters gather in Sukhumi on December 21.

Opposition protesters in the Abkhaz capital, Sukhumi, have attempted to force their way through a security perimeter of buses and other obstacles surrounding the de facto parliament of the breakaway Georgian region.

Protesters threw fireworks at police, who responded with smoke grenades, local media reported on December 21.

There were no immediate reports of arrests or injuries, although reports on social media showed protesters attempting to overturn some of the buses.

The opposition accuses the de facto authorities of failing to cope effectively with the coronavirus pandemic, failing to manage the energy network properly, and expanding the bureaucracy.


Tucker Carlson compares the scandals at CNN to the Omicron variant

Tucker Carlson: “As of today there are more accused pedophiles at CNN than Americans who have died of the so-called Omicron variant that is supposed to be so deadly.”

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