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Marine in Kabul airport blast says he was told not to shoot ISIS bomber

Vargas-Andrews lost an arm and a leg in the explosion.
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

WASHINGTON — A Marine who survived the deadly bombing at Kabul’s airport during the 2021 US withdrawal from Afghanistan told lawmakers Wednesday he was told not to kill a suspected ISIS terrorist who he believes was responsible for later killing 13 of his fellow service members and countless Afghans.

Sgt. Tyler Vargas-Andrews recounted to the House Foreign Affairs Committee how his team deployed to Hamid Karzai International Airport on Aug. 26, 2021, and were tracking a man who intelligence officers believed was a suicide bomber “throughout the entirety” of the day leading up to the explosion.

“Intel guys confirmed the suicide bomber … described as clean-shaven, brown-dressed, black vest and traveling with an older companion,” he said. “I asked intel guys why he wasn’t apprehended sooner since we had a full description. I was told the asset could not be compromised.”

House to hold first hearing on Biden’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal

Former Green Beret Lt. Col. Scott Mann joins ‘Fox & Friends First’ to discuss the upcoming House hearing on the disastrous 2021 Afghanistan withdrawal.

Americans who survived Mexico kidnapping shaken after they ‘watched’ others die: family

A general view of a storage shed behind a police cordon, at the scene where authorities found the bodies of two of four Americans kidnapped by gunmen, in Matamoros, Mexico March 7, 2023. (REUTERS/Daniel Becerril)

The four Americans have been identified as McGee, Shaeed Woodard, Eric Williams and Zindell Brown, all of South Carolina. The FBI has said it cannot identify the survivors, but McGee and Williams have been identified by their families as the survivors. 

Tamaulipas Gov. Americo Villarreal said that authorities found the four in a wooden shack guarded by a man, whom they arrested.

The cartel had moved the Americans to different locations, at one point taken to a medical clinic “to create confusion and avoid efforts to rescue them,” according to WBTW

Wife of Lake City native kidnapped in Mexico thankful for his return, but heartbroken for families of 2 dead

Michelle Williams, the wife of Eric Williams, said she didn’t know where he was going, just that he was going to help two friends. She said the FBI showed up at her door on Sunday to inform her of what happened.

“I didn’t hear from him after Friday,” she said. “Friday morning he texted me and I texted him back immediately. He didn’t respond so I’m going to assume that’s when he was ambushed.”

Michelle Williams said the whole incident has been surreal. She explained the feeling she got when she found out her husband was still alive and at a hospital in the United States.

The two dead will be turned over to U.S. authorities following forensic work at the Matamoros morgue in the coming hours, the governor said.

Americans Slain in Mexico – Bill O’Reilly

Four Americans were recently kidnapped in Mexico—two are confirmed dead.

The situation in Mexico is growing worse, but why aren’t Americans waking up to the danger at their southern border?

Analyzing where and how Tamaulipas kidnappings took place

Some of the biggest questions are still unanswered in the disappearance of four Americans in Mexico — two of whom are now confirmed dead.

Who is responsible for their disappearance? And why did they do it?

Tucker Carlson on Jan. 6 video: ‘I know DECEPTION when I see it’

Tucker Carlson tells Glenn that the American people deserve better.

It’s CLEAR the U.S. government is lying about something concerning January 6th, 2021, and the video footage Tucker has unveiled during his Fox News show this week proves it. ‘I know deception when I see it,’ he says, ‘[and] they’re ALL lying.’

Tucker explains why these lies aren’t about power or politics, but they’re about dignity and self-respect instead.

He details major consequences facing Americans due to these lies, and he reveals whether others in the mainstream media have reached out to him for access to the footage as well…

‘Zombie’ drug of horse tranquilizer-laced fentanyl ravages US and alarms health officials

Public health officials are fighting a losing battle to save the lives of people who overdose from a new and extremely lethal drug concoction that puts users in a zombielike state of consciousness.

As fentanyl-related deaths in the United States reached an all-time high last year, and the Biden administration has vowed drastic actions to quell the latest iteration of the opioid epidemic, an even more harmful drug combination is spreading across the country.

Fentanyl laced with the horse tranquilizer xylazine threatens to upend U.S. government efforts to stomp out the opioid epidemic because it will not succumb to emergency overdose medicine Narcan.

The lethal drug combination, which Volkow calls a “tsunami reaction,” is spreading like wildfire across states unbeknownst to many drug users and cannot be detected by the public through individual test strips, according to Dr. Susan Sherman, a professor at Johns Hopkins University who studies Baltimore residents who use fentanyl.

‘Weaponization’ subcommittee alleges FTC ‘harassment’ of Musk-owned Twitter

“Consisting of over a dozen FTC demand letters to Twitter that—in the span of less than three months following Musk’s acquisition—make more than 350 specific demands, this information shows how the FTC has been attempting to harass Twitter and pry into the company’s decisions on matters outside of the FTC’s mandate,” the subcommittee wrote in a press release on the report.

“The timing, scope, and frequency of the FTC’s demands to Twitter suggest a partisan motivation to its action,” it continued. “When Musk took action to reorient Twitter around free speech, the FTC regularly followed soon thereafter with a new demand letter.”

In particular, the House lawmakers observed FTC requests for information regarding which journalists engaged with the platform, the creation of Twitter Blue, and nearly all matters related to Musk himself.

Justice Department finds Louisville police use ‘excessive force,’ discriminate against black people

The federal government launched the investigation in April 2021 after the death of Breonna Taylor. She was shot and killed by police in March 2020 after her boyfriend opened fire on officers executing a search warrant on her apartment.

“The Justice Department has concluded that there is reasonable cause to believe that Louisville Metro and LMPD engage in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the constitutional rights of the residents of Louisville – including by using excessive force, unlawfully discriminating against Black people, conducting searches based on invalid warrants, and violating the rights of those engaged in protected speech critical of policing,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said

Pennsylvania school graffiti threatens 5 White teachers’ lives unless ‘more Black’ staff hired

Upper Darby High School in Pennsylvania.  (Google Maps)

“Y’all better start hiring some more Black teachers or 5 white ones will die,” the message scrawled on the wall of a girls’ bathroom at Upper Darby High School, CITC reported. 

Parents are claiming they were not alerted to the threatening message until days after police were notified, sparking outrage.

“I know a post on social media isn’t going to help the situation….but we received an email earlier with no mention of this fancy art work,” one parent posted on Facebook accompanied by a photo of the graffiti, according to CITC. The parent argued that school officials considered the graffiti a “joke” when it was first discovered.”Correct me if I’m wrong, but the kids in our school district are out of control, all the way down to the elementary schools,” another parent sounded off, according to the outlet. “Something has to happen. This is unexceptional on so many levels. I feel sorry for their futures with this mentality.”

Incarcerated brother of San Francisco mayor may get reduced sentence in homicide, robbery case

Napoleon Brown, the brother of San Francisco Mayor London Breed,  (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File)

The judge’s decision that Napoleon Brown, Breed’s older brother, could be resentenced followed recent changes to the definition of murder in California, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Brown has served more than half of a 44-year sentence for a 2000 conviction for armed robbery, carjacking and involuntary manslaughter. He is scheduled to return to court on April 3.

In 2000, Brown and another man robbed a diner in San Francisco, and fled over the Golden Gate Bridge.

His then-girlfriend, who was driving the getaway car, was either pushed or fell from the vehicle — and was fatally struck by a drunken driver.

Suspect on the run after stabbing, killing 17-year-old outside California restaurant: police

The LAPD released these images of a man suspected in two separate stabbings in El Sereno on March 3, 2023.

A GoFundMe organized by Chavarin’s family found by FOX 11 states the teenager had walked from his high school to the restaurant to get picked up by his mother, stepfather and two little sisters before he was stabbed to death. 

Detectives believe the same man who killed Chavarin is responsible for another attack the same day just before 9 p.m.

In that instance, less than two miles away from where Chavarin was found dead, the suspect approached the 33-year-old victim and stabbed him several times without saying anything.

The suspect in that incident appears to be wearing the same clothing but was not wearing the baseball hat, and he was riding a skateboard during the assault.

Anyone with information about either attack is asked to call detectives at 213-996-4116, or 1-877-527-3247. Those wishing to remain anonymous can submit tips by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or going to 

A Large Group of Teens Vandalize a New York City Restaurant, Police Still Searching for Suspects

A rowdy mob stormed Fish Village in College Point on Saturday night, trashing the Chinese eatery before running off.
Twitter / @ycinnewyork

Shocking video footage captures the moment a mob of youths trashed a Chinese restaurant in Queens over the weekend, overturning tables and breaking chairs as terrified staff and customers looked on helplessly.

The heinous hooligans left Fish Village in College Point in shambles Saturday, according to a video posted on Twitter by community activist Yiatin Chu.

“We’ve fallen so low that there’s no expectation of consequences for this horrific attack on private property,” Chu, president of Asian Wave Alliance and a co-founder of PLACE NYC, wrote in the post.

“This video is going viral on WeChat. Fish Village, a restaurant in College Point, Qns was ransacked by a gang of masked kids in hoodies.”

The US Can Stop Twitter From Releasing Details in Spy Report

Photographer: David Paul Morris , Bloomberg

‘Weaponization’ of Government

The House Intelligence Committee plans to question national security officials on US spy programs during a hearing Thursday on global threats.

Also on Thursday, a House Judiciary subcommittee on the “weaponization” of the federal government is to hold a hearing on the Twitter Files.

The case at issue in Monday’s decision involved efforts by Twitter to share information about two types of federal law enforcement demands on the social media company: “national security letters” for subscriber information, which would cover metadata but not the substance of any electronic communications, and orders under FISA, which could include content.

“The government may not fend off every First Amendment challenge by invoking national security,” Bress wrote. “But we must apply the First Amendment with due regard for the government’s compelling interest in securing the safety of our country and its people.”

Bress was joined in the opinion by fellow Trump nominee Judge Lawrence VanDyke and Judge Carlos Bea, appointed by former President George W. Bush.

FBI worked secretly with hospitals to strip US citizens’ gun rights, documents show

Artwork: The Daily Caller

Between 2016 and 2019, the FBI presented forms to U.S. citizens at their homes and in other undisclosed locations that registered them with the bureau’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the Washington Examiner previously reported .

Newly obtained records, however, date the FBI’s usage of the form back to 2011.

However, the Gun Control Act of 1968, a federal law regulating firearms ownership, does not say a U.S. citizen may label themselves unfit to own guns and outlines that a person could be prohibited if they are “adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to a mental institution.”

“These new revelations provide additional proof that the FBI has used deeply disturbing tactics to erode Americans’ Second Amendment freedoms,” Clyde told the Washington Examiner. “Make no mistake — the FBI is weaponizing NICS forms to advance the Left’s dangerous agenda of dismantling our Second Amendment liberties and disarming our nation. Congress must thoroughly investigate this troubling matter and hold all unelected, anti-gun bureaucrats involved accountable for forcing Americans to relinquish their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

Another medical center that coordinated with the FBI is New Hampshire Hospital, which is state-backed and provides inpatient psychiatric services, documents show.

North Carolina man slapped with 37 years in prison after beating woman for 11 hours: DA

Joseph Timothy O’Buckley 

Joseph Timothy O’Buckley was recently tried and convicted of several charges, including attempted murder, first-degree kidnapping, assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, assault on a female, intimidating a witness and being a habitual felon, according to local ABC affiliate WPDE.

O’Buckley reportedly locked the victim in a room and refused to let her leave by blocking the door.

Over an 11-hour period, he reportedly assaulted and strangled the victim repeatedly, threatening to kill her and telling her that she would not survive.

Dunkin’ employee accused of shooting customer after argument

Khalil Abdul Shakur Shaheed, a Florida Dunkin’ employee, is accused of shooting a customer on March 6, 2023. (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)

Khalil Abdul Shakur Shaheed, 22, an employee at the Clearwater Dunkin’ got into a disagreement with 38-year-old customer Jewitt Steele who was trying to buy ice cream for his girlfriend and his two children at the store’s conjoined Baskin-Robbins, police told FOX 13.

As Steele and his family reportedly left the business out the front door, Shaheed allegedly went out the back door and confronted Steele in the parking lot, where their argument continued.

Slaughter said Shaheed pulled a gun out of his waistband and fired three times, hitting the victim twice in the legs, one gunshot wound to the upper right thigh and one gunshot wound to left knee.

Tucker Carlson talks exclusively with key Capitol Police officer ignored by Jan. 6 panel amid footage release

Tarik Johnson sits down with Tucker Carlson.  (Screengrab/’Tucker Carlson Tonight’)

Tarik Johnson, a 22-year veteran on the Capitol Hill force, was tasked with securing the certification of the 2020 presidential election.

“My voice is one of the first ones you hear on the audio transmission, so I did expect to get an interview sometime, but it didn’t happen.” Johnson told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” about the House Select Committee in an interview aired Tuesday. “I guess the focus was on Donald Trump.”

Despite pleas for help on Jan. 6, Johnson said he did not hear anything, not even from Capitol Police chief assistant Yogananda Pittman, who allegedly kept vital information about the protests from him.

The federal intel and law enforcement agencies knew about the warnings of a massive disturbance at the Capitol on Jan. 6, Carlson said, but the frontline officers on duty that day did not know.

Tucker Carlson: Police officer reveals how force was unprepared for Jan 6

Fox News host Tucker Carlson highlights former police officer Tarik Johnson’s experience on January 6 on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

Ex-Capitol police officer tells Tucker he was never called by Jan. 6 committee

Former Capitol police officer Tarik Johnson shares what was going on behind the scenes on January 6 on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

Married Connecticut lunch lady allegedly sexually assaulted student, sent nude images for months: cops

Andie Rosafort, 31, a lunch lady in the New Fairfield school district, was charged with second-degree sexual assault, enticing a minor by computer and risk of injury to a minor. (Connecticut State Police)

Andie Rosafort, 31, was arrested in February and charged with second-degree sexual assault, enticing a minor by computer and risk of injury to a minor after a month-long police investigation while she was working for New Fairfield Public Schools.

The school district put her on leave after the allegations came to light at the end of February, and Rosafort resigned the next day.

She began exchanging messages on social media with the victim while he was in the eighth grade, according to the affidavit.

Glendale Man Arrested in Connection to Series of Sexual Assaults at Burbank High School

A Google Earth photo shows the entrance to Burbank High School in Burbank, California. (Google Earth)

Burbank police said Patrick Nazarian, of Glendale, was arrested for kidnapping and sexual assault after he allegedly entered Burbank High School around 9 a.m. Monday.

Investigators determined he entered the school through an unlocked door in the student parking lot.

Nazarian is accused of approaching a 14-year-old girl, who was in a bathroom inside the school, and sexually assaulting her. Police said a “short struggle” took place between the two before he fled.

During the investigation, police said a second 14-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl reported they were both inappropriately touched by him.

World News:

Fetus of twin surgically removed from BRAIN of one-year-old in China

The fetus of a twin has been surgically removed from the skull of its one-year-old sister — in a medical anomaly only ever recorded a handful of times.

Doctors said the fetus had developed upper limbs, bones and even fingernails, meaning it likely continued growing for months while inside its sibling in the womb.

The fetus – which was about four inches long – was only discovered when the parents took their daughter for hospital scans because she had an enlarged head and problems with motor skills.

Fetus-in-fetu is the medical term for the rare phenomena that sees twins fuse together in the womb and one develops physically inside another. 

Only around 200 cases have ever been documented, of which just 18 occurred inside the skull. 

Fisherman facing 4,760 years in Greek prison receives centuries-long sentence

Migrants look out of a fishing boat docked at the port of Palaiochora in southeastern Crete, Greece, after its arrival, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022.

An Egyptian fisherman who was facing a 4760-year sentence in a Greek prison has been sentenced to centuries in jail. 

H. Elfallah was found guilty this week of ‘smuggling’ nearly 500 people from Libya to Greece in November 2022 — including 336 men, 10 women, 128 boys and nine girls — has ended up with a ‘lesser’ sentence of 280 years instead. 

Activist groups have condemned the court’s decision, saying that the fisherman — who was one of the migrants aboard the ship but was also steering the vessel — is being used as a scapegoat by Greek authorities.

According to the organisation, Elfallah got “caught in the crosshairs” of European authorities seeking to hold someone responsible for the migrant boats still reaching the continent’s shores despite widespread efforts to halt these journeys at their starting point. 

Ukraine war: Russia’s Wagner Group claims full control of eastern Bakhmut districts

Volunteer soldiers fire towards Russian positions close to Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 8, 2023.

The owner of Russia’s Wagner Group military contractor claimed that Russian troops have extended their gains in the Ukrainian stronghold of Bakhmut, on Wednesday.

Yevgeny Prigozhin, whose troops have spearheaded the fight in Bakhmut, said they have taken full control of all districts east of the Bakhmutka River that crosses the city. The city’s center lies west of the river.

But it remains unclear how long the grinding fight that has exacted heavy losses might continue. 

Neither Russian nor Ukrainian officials commented on Prigozhin’s claim.

Ukraine, U.N. call for extension of Black Sea grain export deal

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (left) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy talk to reporters in Kyiv on March 8.

The 120-day deal, initially brokered by the United Nations and Turkey last July and extended in November, will be renewed on March 18 if no party objects.

Russia’s demands, however, have not yet been met, a Turkish diplomatic source said, adding that Ankara was “working very hard” to ensure the deal continues.

Top U.N. trade official Rebeca Grynspan, who travelled with Guterres to the Ukrainian capital, will meet senior Russian officials in Geneva next week to discuss extending the deal, a U.N. spokesperson said.

EU agrees to push ahead on joint arms buying to aid Ukraine

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell (file photo)

STOCKHOLM, March 8 (Reuters) – European Union countries agreed on Wednesday to speed up supplies of artillery rounds and buy more shells to help Ukraine but still have to work out how to turn these aims into reality.

Under a plan drawn up by foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, EU states would get financial incentives worth 1 billion euros ($1.06 billion) to send more of their artillery rounds to Kyiv while another 1 billion euros would fund joint procurement of new shells.

EU officials say if the bloc places a large order on behalf of member governments, they will get a better price and give arms firms a strong incentive to invest in increasing capacity.

However, officials said there was still much work to be done to hammer out details such as how the funding would work and who would take the lead in sealing deals with arms firms.

Swiss president opposes supply of arms to Ukraine, reiterates neutrality

Switzerland’s President Alain Berset. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Switzerland will continue to oppose the supply of arms to Ukraine as the country retains its constitutional neutrality, President Alain Berset confirmed on Tuesday.

Berset, who assumed the rotating role of Swiss president for 2023, reiterated his country’s commitment to providing humanitarian support for Ukraine and will continue to fall in line with EU-led Russian sanctions. However, he rejected any notion of the country supplying arms directly to Ukraine or permitting the re-export of weapons.

“The discussion about the export of arms, weapons… with the legal framework we have in Switzerland, it is not possible to do it,” Berset told reporters on the sidelines of meetings at the United Nations.

“For the government and for the Federal Council, we have to, and we want to, maintain this legal framework and to work within this legal framework,” he added,

Russia’s Use of ‘Frankenstein’ Tanks and the Severity of its Losses in Ukraine

Russian MT-LB fitted with naval turrets being moved by railcar in an undisclosed location. PHOTO: Reddit
Russian MT-LB fitted with naval turrets being moved by railcar in an undisclosed location. PHOTO: Reddit

The Kremlin’s forces have already lost as many as 1,700 tanks in Ukraine, including their most up-to-date versions of the T90 and T-14 Armata tanks.

The UK’s Ministry of Defense say that even so called elite armored divisions, such as the 1st Guards Tank Army are now being equipped with 60-year-old T-62 tanks.

In recent days it has also been reported that Russian BTR-50 armored personnel carriers, which first entered into service in 1954, have also been deployed to Ukraine.

 Some Russian commanders, desperately short of battle-ready tanks, appear to have turned to improvising “Frankenstein” tanks from spare parts to fill the gap in their armory.

 From the earliest days of the invasion, Russian tank commanders grew to fear the effects of Ukraine’s Javelin, N-LAW and drone anti-tank weapons. Images have often been seen of tanks and other vehicles fitted with overhead cages, additional scraps of armor and even wooden logs to try to prevent the full force of Ukrainian missile attacks.

Judicial overhaul compromise debated by the public

Talk of a possible compromise on the judicial overhaul bill continues to gain steam ahead of Thursday’s planned nationwide protests

SHOOTOUT in Samaria, 6 killed and 12 injured | Daniel Cohen

SHOOTOUT: After six were killed and twelve were injured in raid on Hamas stronghold Samaria, the Israeli Defense Force claims it was acting in retaliation for the murder of two brothers killed in a recent terror attack. Daniel Cohen reports.

Iran joins Russia to broker Turkey-Syria deal; Israeli Operation eliminates 6 TV7 Israel News 08.03

1) Israeli special operations forces eliminate six Hamas operatives, in a special counter-terror operation which brought about a successful end to the manhunt after the abhorrent terrorist who murdered the brothers Hallel and Yagel, late last month.

2) A U.S.-Israel Strategic Consultative Group, which focused on joint efforts to confront “significant concern” related to the Islamic Republic of Iran, concluded in Washington with a reaffirmed commitment to Jerusalem’s security.

3) Turkey acquiesces to Iran’s request to join Russia efforts in realizing rapprochement between Ankara and Damascus.

International Women’s Day. A big WHOOSH to REAL WOMEN

Australia expects to finalise submarine deal with US

 (Reuters Archive)

Australia’s prime minister has said he will soon meet President Joe Biden in the United States, where they are expected to unveil a nuclear submarine deal aimed at countering China’s growing assertiveness in the Pacific.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has called it “the single biggest leap” in defence capability in the country’s history.

Australia does not have the expertise to build its own nuclear subs – which have an extended range and powerful strike capabilities – and must buy from international producers.

Protests Erupt in Georgia’s Capital of Tbilisi Regarding the Country’s Proposed Foreign Agents Bill

Police use water cannon to disperse protesters during a rally against the “foreign agents” law in Tbilisi. (Reuters)

Georgian police have used tear gas and water cannon against protesters as thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in the capital Tbilisi to oppose a controversial “foreign agents” bill.

At one point a protester opposed to the law that would impose registration requirements on media and NGOs with foreign ties threw a petrol bomb at a cordon of riot police on Tuesday, according to TV footage.

At least three petrol bombs, as well as stones, were thrown at police.

People suffering from the effects of tear gas were being treated on the steps outside the parliament building.

Ukraine’s Bakhmut may fall in days, says NATO chief, as Russia claims victory over eastern half of city

Ukrainian soldiers fire a self-propelled howitzer toward Russian positions near Bakhmut, the site of the heaviest battles in Ukraine's Donetsk region, Tuesday, March 7, 2023.  (AP Photo/Libkos)
Ukrainian soldiers fire a self-propelled howitzer toward Russian positions near Bakhmut, the site of the heaviest battles in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, Tuesday, March 7, 2023.  (AP Photo/Libkos)

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday said the hard-fought city of Bakhmut in Ukraine’s Donetsk region may fall to Russian troops “in the coming days.”

His comments followed claims by Russia’s mercenary Wagner Group which said it had taken the eastern part of the city after months of a brutal ground and air offensive.

Fox News Digital could not verify the group’s claims and Stoltenberg did not confirm whether any part of the city has yet fallen to Moscow.

The NATO chief said it is vital to step up the production and supply of arms to not only Ukraine, but to shore up the alliance’s defenses.

Christian Preacher Reported to UK Terror Police After Calling ‘Transwoman’ a ‘Man in Woman’s Clothing’

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The Christian man had been preaching at the time of the incident, with his sermons reportedly resulting in him being abused, assaulted, and even having some of his belongings stolen by passers-by, before being arrested by British law enforcement seemingly over his decision to espouse his religious beliefs.

Things did not end there, however, with a report by the Daily Mail revealing on Tuesday that the Christian man was also reported to the UK’s Prevent counter-terrorism programme over his views, which were deemed to be sufficiently radical for them to be contacted.

According to McConnell’s probation officer, the man was “viewed to be persistently and illegally espousing an extreme point of view” with his preaching, prompting the government official to “routinely” liaise with counter-terrorism police.

Pressure builds as Palestinian factions brace for conflict

An explosive device set off on the Gaza border is the latest incident keeping Israeli-Palestinian tensions high, as the deadly clashes in the West Bank are drawing retaliation from Gaza.

With the IDF and Palestinian factions facing off on multiple fronts, we get the latest report on the ground from our Pierre Klochendler, and hear more about the tense situation from former deputy head of assessment in IDF intelligence Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah, defense analyst Amir Oren, and Middle East correspondent Ariel Oseran.

5G-enabled robots to clean Singapore’s rivers, patrol streets and build Hyundai EVs

Unmanned electric vessels will be used to clean and inspect rivers in a partnership with Weston Robot. PHOTO: WESTON ROBOT

The three projects were supported by a $30 million fund launched by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in 2021 to accelerate the adoption and commercialisation of 5G solutions. A total of seven 5G projects have received grants under the scheme so far.

The scheme is one of two waves of funding from IMDA to support the growth of 5G. In total, IMDA has channelled at least $70 million in support of more than a dozen projects that include building Singapore’s largest 5G smart estate and autonomous transport systems.

These investments aim to encourage industries to tap the 5G network here, said Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Janil Puthucheary in Parliament last Tuesday.


China weighs ’emergency’ fast track for laws as Taiwan tensions mount

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the National People’s Congress on March 5. (Photo by Yusuke Hinata)

BEIJING — China’s parliament on Wednesday began considering legislative changes that would slash the time needed to pass laws in emergencies, a move that observers see as preparing for scenarios like a conflict over Taiwan.

Proposed amendments to the Legislation Law would let the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress put bills to a vote after just one meeting during an “emergency,” shortening a process that usually takes half a year or more.

The revisions are expected to pass Monday, the last day of the session, changing the law for the first time in eight years.

This comes amid a string of legislation under Chinese President Xi Jinping that suggests preparations for a Taiwan crisis.

Republicans aim to block California’s ‘heavy-handed’ EV mandates

The four Republicans, led by Rep. Bob Latta of Ohio, said the bill — Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act — is designed to protect American consumers’ freedom of choice and block stringent purchase requirements that would lead to higher costs.

The legislation comes months after California, which leads the country in annual car sales, approved regulations mandating that all car purchases are “zero emissions” by 2035.

In addition to Latta, Reps. Jay Obernolte, R-Calif., Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., and John Joyce, R-Pa., also sponsored the legislation.

COVID origins hearing to focus on Fauci’s role in disproving lab leak theory

 (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic’s first hearing Wednesday on the origins of COVID-19 will focus on Dr. Anthony Fauci’s role in attempting to “disprove” the lab leak theory as well as ways to prevent a future pandemic from occurring.

The COVID origins hearing will showcase the former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director and health and science experts. It is one of eight hearings that the Oversight Committee is conducting this week aimed at holding the Biden administration accountable.

The hearing comes after the subcommittee said over the weekend it uncovered new email evidence suggesting Fauci prompted the drafting of the “proximal origin” publication meant to “disprove” the COVID-19 lab leak theory.

Biden set to unveil more than $2 trillion in tax hikes in budget

President Biden is set to formally propose an array of tax increases on wealthy individuals and corporations in a budget plan that he says will reduce the deficit by $2 trillion over the next decade, setting up a battle royal with Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Late last month, the president proposed a new tax on wealthy households that would require individuals and families worth more than $100 million to pay a 20 percent tax on income and the unrealized gains of liquid assets such as stocks.

Republicans say Biden’s budget will be dead on arrival when the president formally sends it to Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Biden is expected to reintroduce two staples of his 2021 Build Back Better agenda, raising the top marginal income tax rate from 37 percent to 39.6 percent and raising the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent.

Kevin McCarthy Says He Doesn’t ‘Regret’ Handing Over J6 Footage To Tucker Carlson

Iowa bill pushes to halt ‘woke agenda’ in state universities, eliminate DEI spending, lawmaker says

School board meetings have gone viral nationwide as more parents protest decisions over curriculum decisions. (Getty Images)

“For too long, the DEI bureaucracies at our institutions of higher education have been used to push a woke agenda on the faculty, staff and students,” Iowa state Rep. Taylor Collins told Fox News. “Under the guise of diversity and inclusion, these programs work to indoctrinate students into their preferred political ideology.” 

House File 616, which passed a House committee last week, would prohibit the state’s public universities from spending money on DEI offices or on employees working in positions centered around race, gender identity or sexual orientation. Courses, research, student organizations and guest speakers on those topics, however, would still be allowed.

“This bill aims to dismantle these DEI programs and ensure this money is being spent for the true benefit of students,” Collins, a Republican, said.

Tucker Carlson: There is no justification for this

Fox News host Tucker Carlson delves deeper into new footage from the January 6 Capitol breach and the outrage from lawmakers over its release on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

Biden Admin: Our Strategy Isn’t About ‘Holding Back’ China


[CLIP] Chaya Raichik, ‘Libs of TikTok’ Creator, on Classroom Indoctrination and TikTok Narcissists

“I’m a Hasidic Jew. There’s a concept in Judaism that every single person is in this world for a reason. Every person has a purpose…Through running Libs of TikTok, I feel like this is my mission now.”- Chaya Raichik

How Multiculturalism is Fracturing America

In a recent Gallup poll, two out of the top ten issues troubling Americans are Immigration and Crime. Reihan Salam is the President of the Manhattan Institute – a think tank that provides research-based information and clarity on public policy.

He sits with PragerU CEO Marissa Streit to discuss a sensible solution for America’s immigration debate.

New Jordan Peterson Documentary “Logos & Literacy”

Watch “Logos & Literacy” for free for a limited time only.

Join Jordan in this feature-length documentary, renowned scholar Dr Jordan B Peterson takes us on a captivating journey through the Museum of the Bible, where we are met with historians, theologians, and philosophers who discuss the powerful impact of the Bible on our lives and our world.

From the history of its writing to its influence on modern culture, this eye-opening exploration will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the timeless power of God’s word.

We should be expecting war very soon: Gordon Chang on China

On Wednesday’s “Wake Up America,” author Gordon Chang weighed in on the escalating tension between the U.S. and China. He also outlined a strategy for the U.S. to avoid a possible war.

America’s Mayor Live (E97): What Really Happened on January 6th?


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