In The News Feed:Daily Update.2/27/2023.

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US News:

Conflicts of Interest | Full Measure

Polls show that public trust in the scientific establishment has suffered immensely in the wake of Covid. That’s prompted many to ask questions about conflicts of interest.

Today, with the help of a watchdog group, we look at the issue of government scientists collecting royalty payments from pharmaceutical companies for discoveries made while working on your dime.

Fauci In Potential Hot Water After New Report Concludes COVID Likely Leaked From Chinese Lab

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Following a report by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) that concluded that COVID-19 most likely leaked from a laboratory in China – becoming a worldwide pandemic in the process that resulted in at least 6.87 million deaths –

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) said during a Fox News interview Monday that the American people are now demanding answers, particularly from infectious disease expert and White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci. 

Fauci’s role during the pandemic has been scrutinized after it was revealed that a grant bestowed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) upon EcoHealth Alliance – at the direction of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which Fauci heads up – had funded gain-of-function research at a laboratory in Wuhan, China, the location of the initial COVID-19 outbreak in 2019. 

China South | Full Measure

China has become a growing focus of U.S. scrutiny, whether it’s the Communist nation’s role in the Covid pandemic, its spying on the U.S. and theft of intellectual property, its control of the supply chain, medicine, and rare earth minerals, or its dominance of the computer chip market.

Now, Scott Thuman reports from South America on China’s major power play in America’s backyard.

Air Force relieves 2 commanders, 4 leaders at North Dakota nuclear bomber, missile base

A B-52H Stratofortress takes off. (Master Sgt. Greg Steele/U.S. Air Force)
A B-52H Stratofortress takes off. (Master Sgt. Greg Steele/U.S. Air Force)

Maj. Gen. Andrew J. Gebara, commander of 8th Air Force, relived Col. Gregory Mayer of the 5th Mission Support Group and Maj. Jonathan Welch of the 5th Logistics Readiness Squadron, both based at Minot Air Force Base.

The Air Force didn’t identify the commanders, but an Air Force spokesperson confirmed their identities to Task & Purpose. 

“These personnel actions were necessary to maintain the very high standards we demand of those units entrusted with supporting our Nation’s nuclear mission,” said Gebara.

Mayer, Welch and four subordinate leaders were relieved of command “due to a loss of confidence in their ability to complete their assigned duties,” the Air Force said. The Air Force did not specify why commanders had lost confidence in all six individuals. 

Joe Biden’s Former ‘Gatekeeper’ to Partially Comply with House Probe into Family Business, Classified Doc Scandal

AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Chung’s lawyer, Bill Taylor, told CNN she will hand over some requested documents and sit for an interview with the committee, which is investigating the Biden family for nine violations, including money laundering and wire fraud.

It is also probing Biden’s classified document scandal that would likely not have been revealed to the public if it was not leaked to CBS News in January.

On February 4, Rep. James Comer (R-KY), chair of the House Oversight Committee, asked Chung for documents and communications dating back to 2009, which encompasses the Biden family business era, to the “then-Vice President Biden’s departure from office in 2017, including communications regarding Penn Biden Center,” the letter said.

Elon Musk Accuses Media Of ‘Racism Against White People’ In Response To Thread On Scott Adams

In response to a thread on “Dilbert” cartoonist Scott Adams’ recent offensive comments pertaining to Black Americans, Twitter owner Elon Musk accused the US media of being “racist” against white and Asian people, a dubious claim that represents the billionaire’s latest shot levied against the media.

Supreme Court to hear arguments on constitutionality of ‘Elizabeth Warren’s baby’ – the CFPB

 (Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States via Getty Images)
 (Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States via Getty Images)

The issue before the court is how the CFPB is funded – the financial watchdog agency bypasses typical congressional appropriations and simply requires the CFPB director to make requests of the Treasury Department for funds as needed.

The banking industry parties challenging the CFPB say that is unconstitutional, citing the Appropriations Clause of the Constitution.

Last October, a lower court in the Fifth Circuit ruled that the mechanism was “double-insulated” from congressional oversight and therefore unconstitutional.

The Biden administration appealed to the Supreme Court to hear its arguments to undo that decision, which the Court announced on Monday it would do, but not on the expedited timeline for which the administration asked. Oral arguments will likely be this fall, meaning a decision in the case would not come until mid-2024.

Union Pacific Railroad announces leadership shakeup amid derailment crisis

(AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File / AP Newsroom)

UPR is America’s largest railroad operator, accounting for roughly $120 billion in market capital.

The company announced Monday it will be replacing current CEO Lance Fritz by the end of the year. The announcement came just days after a leading shareholder urged the company to make the move, according to The Wall Street Journal.

UPR’s board says it is currently gathering “highly-qualified candidates both within the industry and adjacent industries.”

UPR was dragged into recent turmoil over train derailments last week after one of its trains careened off the tracks in Nebraska.

“I Won’t Investigate Nord Stream Attack” – Dem Leader Hakeem Jeffries

Democratic House Leader Hakeem Jeffries was recently confronted at a town hall by activist Jose Vega who asked whether Jeffries would support an investigation into the Nord Stream Pipeline sabotage that many are increasingly coming to realize was likely performed by the United States.


Bill O’Reilly Exposes How Pete Buttigieg Just RUINED His Career

One of the biggest stories of the week, says Bill O’Reilly, is the SELF-DESTRUCTION Pete Buttigieg inflicted upon his political career…potentially forever.

O’Reilly joins Glenn to discuss how Buttigieg — thanks to how the Transportation Secretary responded to the East Palestine, Ohio tragedy — may have just ruined his future prospects in D.C.:

‘Beck…there is not one person listening to us right now…[that] would cast a ballot for Pete Buttigieg for ANYTHING.’

Plus, O’Reilly and Glenn discuss the latest in the Ukraine/Russia war, how China may become involved, and Joe Biden’s trip overseas…

The Real Climate Crisis

We’re supposed to be in a climate crisis. And we are. But not in the way you think. Alex Epstein, author of Fossil Future, explains the real crisis and what we can do to get out of it.

Libs of TikTok creator: ‘This is just creepy’

‘Libs of TikTok’ creator Chaya Raichik blasts pornographic books in education, including an incident involving a Maine sixth grader who took a sexually explicit book home to his father.

Bongino: What would a China invasion really look like?

Fox News host Dan Bongino lays out four steps of what a Chinese invasion of the United States would actually look like.

Crony Capitalism and Female Soldiers | Tulsi Gabbard | EP 332

Dr Jordan B Peterson and Tulsi Gabbard discuss her time in the armed forces, the concerns over women serving, crony capitalism, the Republican party, and the proxy war the US is waging against Russia.

World News:

Another blow to China: COVID-19 likely came from lab leak in Wuhan, claims US study

The P4 laboratory, left, on the campus of the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China. Photograph: Héctor Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

China virus: The virus that drove the COVID-19 pandemic, killing close to 7 million people globally, most likely emerged from a laboratory leak in China, according to a US media report, citing a classified intelligence report recently provided to the White House and key members of Congress.

The Huanan market in central China’s Wuhan city was the epicentre of the pandemic. From its origin there, the SARS-CoV-2 virus rapidly spread to other locations in Wuhan in late 2019 and then to the rest of the world.

The emergence of the pandemic heightened tensions between the US and China, which US officials alleged was withholding information about the outbreak. At first, the dominant view was that the virus likely arose naturally when the virus leapt from an animal to a human, as had happened in the past.

But as time elapsed and no animal host was found, there has been a greater focus on coronavirus research in Wuhan and the potential for an accidental laboratory leak, the report added.

Russia doubles number of warships deployed off Crimea coast

That’s according to Operational Command South, Ukrinform reports.

“The number of enemy vessels in the Black Sea has doubled.

Currently, 12 ships remain at a safe distance from the Ukraine-controlled coast.

Among them are two submarine missile carriers with eight Kalibrs on board and three large landing ships,” the report reads.

OC South emphasized that the threat of missile attacks remains relevant as the enemy continues reconnaissance operations in search of new missile strike tactics.

Brazil allows Iranian warships to dock despite U.S. pressure

Two Iranian warships have successfully docked in Rio [Getty images]
Two Iranian warships have successfully docked in Rio [Getty images]

The IRIS Makran and IRIS Dena warships both arrived on Sunday morning, Rio’s port authority said in a statement.

Reuters earlier this month reported that Brazil had bowed to U.S. pressure and declined Iran’s request for the vessels to dock in Rio in late January, in a gesture from Lula as he flew to Washington to meet U.S. President Joe Biden.

Elsewhere in Latin America, The World Bank approved a new financing for Argentina for $450 million, the government of the heavily-indebted country said on Monday in a press release.

Latest Developments in Ukraine: Feb. 2

4:35 p.m.: A planned concert by Slovenia’s popular band Laibach in Ukraine next month has been cancelled after the group angered Ukrainians by remarks interpreted to suggest that Kyiv was a client state fighting a war for its Western masters. 

4:07 p.m.: The U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control, Bonnie Jenkins, criticized Russia on Monday for suspending its participation in the last remaining nuclear weapons treaty but added Washington will try to work with Moscow to continue its implementation, AP reports.

3:30 p.m.: The U.S. welcomes the announcement by Saudi Arabia that it was providing $400 million in humanitarian aid for Ukraine, White House national security spokesman John Kirby said Monday…….

Empty containers stack up at major Chinese ports after zero-COVID effect lingers

“In the three years since the start of the zero-COVID policy, the entire Chinese shipping industry has gone from normal to stratospheric, before taking a rollercoaster ride into hell,” the captain said.

He said that as the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic prompted widespread lockdowns around the world, the demand for goods skyrocketed, sending the cost of shipping up four- or fivefold.

But by the start of 2022, as the rest of the world returned to normal levels of activity, costs fell again, and the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s strict enforcement of lockdowns, quarantine and mass testing of the zero-COVID policy dealt a mortal blow to the country’s economy, he said.

France will reorganize military bases in Africa, says Macron

President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that France will reorganize its military bases on the continent, during a speech ahead of a tour of African countries.

He specified that France would not close its bases, but that they would be “Africanized” and turned into “academies” or bases co-run by French and African armies.

The announcement comes on the heels of souring ties between France and several African nations.

Some African countries have criticized France for failing to curb Islamist militancy in the Sahel region in particular.

US and China spar over Ukraine war support

Russian President Vladimir Putin greets China’s foreign policy chief Wang Yi during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023.

China’s foreign ministry has accused the United States of hypocrisy after a Biden administration official over the weekend warned Beijing of “real cost” if it provides lethal aid to Russia for use in Ukraine.

The latest war of words between China and the United States comes after a week of vague claims by American officials that Beijing is at least considering providing lethal aid to Russia for use in Ukraine, with unconfirmed reports about plans to provide “kamikaze” drones

U.S. officials have declined to provide any details of the intelligence they claim shows Beijing considering the option, citing operational secrecy, and some have said they hope it amounts to nothing.

But the provision of lethal aid to Moscow to help in its foundering invasion of Ukraine could blow open Beijing’s recent diplomacy.

Israeli-American killed in terror attack near Jericho

An Israeli-American man has died from his wounds after being shot in a terror attack near Jericho in the West Bank 

Israel braces itself for tough days ahead; Deadly terror sparks ‘revenge riots’ TV7Israel News 27.02

1) Deadly Palestinian terror sparks undeterred riots targeting Arab villages and towns in Samaria – drawing calls for calm from the Israeli government.

2) Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant calls on Israelis to brace themselves for the days ahead.

3) A summit in the Jordanian city of Aqaba reaches understandings between Israel and the Palestinian Authority – as part of political efforts to alleviate tensions on the ground.

Dead Hong Kong model Abby Choi’s ex-husband, former in-laws detained on murder charges

Abby Choi was reported missing on Tuesday, and authorities believe that her body was dismembered, according to the New York Daily News. Police allege that there was a dispute between Choi and her ex-husband's family over finances. (Abby Choi/Instagram)
Abby Choi was reported missing on Tuesday, and authorities believe that her body was dismembered, according to the New York Daily News. Police allege that there was a dispute between Choi and her ex-husband’s family over finances. (Abby Choi/Instagram)

The case, which has gripped the city known for being low in violent crime, became a family affair after ex-husband Alex Kwong, his father Kwong Kau and his brother Anthony Kwong were charged with murdering Choi Sunday after the model disappeared Tuesday. 

Choi, who has 100,000 Instagram followers, last posted on Feb. 19 when she shared a photo of a shoot she had done with fashion magazine L’Officiel Monaco before she disappeared two days later. 

Police found her dismembered body Friday in a refrigerator in the home rented by her former father-in-law, along with the skull belonging to a female believed to be the 28-year-old model.

Zelensky fires top Ukrainian military commander

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a press conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Friday. Photo: Roman Pilipey/Getty Images

Ukraine’s joint forces commander has been dismissed from his role, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced in a brief decree on Sunday, per Reuters.

The big picture: The dismissal of Major Gen. Eduard Mykhailovich Moskalov, who had served in the role overseeing battles in the Donbas region since last March, is the latest in a series of Ukrainian leadership changes since the Russian military invasion began in February last year.

Zoom in: Several high-profile Ukrainian officials were fired or resigned last month as Zelensky moved to contain allegations of corruption.


EU, UK hail ‘new chapter’ in ties with Northern Ireland deal

The United Kingdom and the European Union have struck a new deal on post-Brexit trading arrangements for Northern Ireland after more than a year of wrangling and political acrimony. Standing alongside European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak hailed a “decisive breakthrough” which “will start making a positive difference to people’s lives in Northern Ireland almost immediately.”

The new plans, dubbed the “Windsor Framework,” will scrap some checks on goods crossing from the rest of the United Kingdom into Northern Ireland, and give Northern Irish lawmakers greater say over future EU rules.

Both sides insist the agreement marks a “new chapter” in EU-UK relations — but in Belfast, the jury’s still out.

‘Radical Environmentalists Can’t Take No For An Answer’: Doug LaMalfa Rips Biden’s Energy Policies

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) tore into President Biden’s energy policies in remarks from the floor of the House.

Gaetz DESTROYS Witness Over Ex-DOJ Members and Lobbying

On Feb. 9th, 2023 Matt Gaetz got into it with a witness at the hearing on the oversight of the Justice Department.

House Oversight Committee Demands Treasury Testify About Withholding ‘Suspicious’ Biden Family Bank Reports

Alex Wong/Getty Images

Before Comer tries to work through the courts to compel the relevant information, Comer demanded the Treasury testify on March 10 about failing to produce the reports it has previously failed to provide, citing “improper disclosure” of information that could reduce the Biden administration’s ability to “conduct of law enforcement, intelligence, and national security activities.”

“Given the amount of time that has passed since our initial request and Treasury’s inability to provide a projected timeframe when the SARs will be produced, the committee believes Treasury may be delaying its production to hinder our investigation and operating in bad faith,” Comer wrote on Monday. “Treasury’s excuses and delay tactics are unavailing given you have known about our request since last year and previously produced relevant SARs to others.”

The Biden family bank records are a key trove of information that will provide details about how the family business operates and desired transparency on Hunter’s anonymous art sales and foreign business transactions, along with knowledge of whether Joe Biden remains compromised by foreign governments through his family’s business.

Tennessee Legislature Passes Bill to Ban Medical Gender Transitions on Children

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Lawmakers in the State House passed the legislation 77 to 16, with three Democrats voting with the Republicans. 

After allowing for a grace period for those who have already begun to attempt a transition, the bill would authorize the attorney general to investigate healthcare providers who violate the ban, who could be fined up to $25,000.

House Majority Leader William Lamberth remarked that “These children do not need these medical procedures to be able to flourish as adults.”

COVID lab leak theory: Rand Paul says Biden should declassify docs after Energy Department reversal

WSJ News Exclusive | Lab Leak Most Likely Origin of Covid-19 Pandemic

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Monday called for the Biden administration to declassify government documents that reportedly show the Energy Department assessing the COVID-19 pandemic likely originated from an accidental lab leak in China.

The Energy Department, which had been undecided on the origin of the pandemic, now joins the FBI in concluding the coronavirus likely spread due to a mishap at a Chinese laboratory, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a classified intelligence report provided to the White House and key members of Congress.

The development, which was noted in an update to a 2021 document by Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines’s office, prompted Paul to call for greater transparency.

Lawmakers investigate Buttigieg for ‘apathy’ in the face of East Palestine train disaster


Buttigieg came under fire from local residents and lawmakers for waiting over a full week to publicly acknowledge the incident.

In a letter to Buttigieg Friday, the House Republicans demanded documents and information related to the department’s response to the disaster.

“Despite the U.S. Department of Transportation’s responsibility to ensure safe and reliable transport in the United States, you ignored the catastrophe for over a week. The American people deserve answers as to what caused the derailment, and DOT needs to provide an explanation for its leadership’s apathy in the face of this emergency,” they wrote.

During his first visit to the site of the Norfolk Southern train derailment Thursday, Buttigieg admitted that he waited too long to address the accident.

Democrat lawmaker proposes bill forcing Chicago grocery stores, gas stations to hire armed guards

State Rep. Thaddeus Jones (D) introduced the Armed Security Protection Act in January. 

If passed, establishments like banks, gas stations, grocery stores, and pawn shops would be forced to employ at least one-armed guard to protect the business during operating hours starting in July. 

Throughout 2022, violent crime in Chicago spiked 35% compared to the year prior. According to the Chicago Police Department, the city has a higher homicide rate per capita than New York and Los Angeles, and the number of annual homicides hit a 25-year-high in 2021 with 797.

Business owners like Eastman called out soft-on-crime policies while noting she wants to see perpetrators stay behind bars.

Eastman continued to argue that the cost of employing a full-time security guard would be “huge,” and expressed fears her business couldn’t afford it.


2 thoughts on “In The News Feed:Daily Update.2/27/2023.

  1. Amen Robert!!

    UNITED WE STAND with Israel and our Christian Nation United States of America, DI*VIDED WE FALL!!

    Shalom Aleichem and Mazel Tov Everyone!! 💕

    I Love 💕 you all Everyone through Jesus-Yeshua Christ, because 💕 HE LOVED EVERYONE FIRST 💕!! Praise Jesus-Yeshua Christ for Today and Everyday!!


    Love 💕 Always and Shalom, YSIC \o/


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