In The News Feed:Daily Update.3/2/2023.

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US News:

New Twitter Files show how US govt used witless ‘disinformation’ journalists to force Twitter to blacklist users

In a new batch of Twitter Files released on Thursday, Taibbi said that the taxpayer-funded Global Engagement Center, whose mission is to “coordinate US Federal Government efforts” to tackle “disinformation,” was actually helping snuff out users that belonged to “state-sponsored blacklists.”

Taibbi shows evidence that the GEC sent Twitter various reports on several topics that used a guilt-by-association, or “ecosystem” concept.

The GEC report on France “attributes membership in the yellow vest movement as being Russia-aligned,” Twitter’s Aaron Rodericks described.

GEC’s report on China was “more entertainment value than anything,” said Rodericks. “It equates anything pro-China, but also anything against China in Italy, as part of Russia’s strategy.”

Taibbi revealed how the GEC would send journalists these blacklists, which would then give the journalist a reason to go to Twitter’s door and “demand to know why this or that ‘ecosystem’ isn’t obliterated.”

What Secret Service agents REALLY thought of Jimmy Carter

After announcing his decision to live out his final days in hospice care at home, Jimmy Carter is being hailed as America’s decent, humble president who cared about the so-called little people during his time in office. 

And while his philanthropic work after leaving the White House speaks to that image, Secret Service agents who were on the 39th president’s detail during his four-year term saw an entirely different man.

But behind the scenes, it was a different story.

In fact, ‘Carter was just very short and rude most of the time,’ according to one Secret Service agent. 

Norfolk Southern Will Pay For East Palestine Students’ College Education

Norfolk Southern CEO Alan Shaw announced Thursday he will fund scholarships for East Palestine, Ohio, students to attend post-secondary education, a Norfolk Southern spokesperson confirmed to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

The scholarship will cover four years at a college or university or a two year vocational school, the spokesperson said. Shaw will use his pre-scheduled stock sale worth $445,000 to pay for the scholarships, 21 WFMJ.

Norfolk Southern previously pledged to reimburse East Palestine City School District $300,000 “to support the district’s academics, athletics, extra-curricular activities, and its long-term contingency planning regarding the impacts of the derailment,” according to a Feb. 24 press release. The district’s high school, middle school and elementary school each received $100,000 from the company.

White House Reacts To Mom Who Lost Sons To Fentanyl Demanding Apology From Biden

Karine Jean-Pierre is asked about Rebecca Kiessling, a mother who lost two sons to fentanyl, demanding an apology from President Biden for appearing to laugh when discussing her story in response to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) accusation against him.

GOP senator extracts incredible excuse from Garland over ‘disparity’ in abortion-related FACE Act prosecutions

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“In 2022 and for the first couple of months of 2023, DOJ’s announced charges against 34 individuals for blocking access to or vandalizing abortion clinics, and there have been over 81 recorded attacks on pregnancy centers, 130 attacks on Catholic churches since the leak of the Dobbs decision, and only two individuals have been charged,” Lee explained.

“So, how do you explain this disparity by reference to anything other than politicization of what’s happening there?” he pressed.

Not only did Garland concede that Lee is correct, but he offered an incredible excuse for the discrepancy.

Report: Top FBI Officials Opposed Mar-a-Lago Raid

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Some high-ranking FBI officials objected to the Justice Department’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, according to a report from The Washington Post.

The Post reported that while several top-ranking government officials supported a raid on the property, including counterintelligence chief Jay Bratt and Assistant Attorney General Matt Olsen, multiple FBI officials objected about a week before the raid in what the newspaper described as a “tense showdown.”

FBI Washington field office head Steven M. D’Antuono reportedly objected to the raid, which he considered unnecessary and excessive.

The Post reported that he refused to conduct the raid unless directly ordered, and that he wanted to contact Trump’s attorney, a former Justice Department prosecutor, to set up a search of the premises. D’Antuono is quoted as saying during the discussion, “We are not the presidential records police.”

‘Woke’ Defense Department DEI education official’s books now in one third of Pentagon schools: Gov’t watchdog

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, right, and chief officer of diversity, equity and inclusion Kelisa Wing. (Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images | YouTube/Screenshot | Kelisa Wing)

Those numbers, according to the watchdog group’s January audit that was shared first with Fox News Digital, have risen 1,200%. A total of 49 schools carry a combined 606 copies of works that were authored or contributed to by Wing.

As previously reported by Fox News Digital in November, Wing co-wrote “racial justice” children’s books that said White people must confess their privilege and were de facto hurting Black people by being benefactors of unearned advantages.

Andrzejewski said the watchdog’s findings revealed that Wing’s booksin the libraries within the Pentagon’s K through 12 schools “promote discredited public policy like defunding the police,” as well as “Marxist frames, critical race theory frames and radical ideologies.”

College Park, Maryland, Democratic mayor arrested on child pornography charges

47-year-old Patrick Wojahn with 56 counts of possession & distribution of child pornography.
47-year-old Patrick Wojahn with 56 counts of possession & distribution of child pornography.

Wojahn, 47, was arrested on 40 counts of possession of child exploitative material and 16 counts of distribution of child exploitative material and is being held at the Department of Corrections, per Prince George’s County Police.

Police said they were notified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a social media account was distributing child pornography, which had been uploaded in January 2023. Authorities said they tracked the accounts back to Wojahn and that they executed a search on his residence on Tuesday.

Investigators recovered “multiple cell phones, a storage device, a tablet and a computer” during the Tuesday search and arrested Wojahn early Thursday.

California city nearly eliminates homeless population with zero-tolerance policy on encampments

Tent encampments are seen near City Hall in San Francisco on Jan. 13, 2023. (Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Tent encampments are seen near City Hall in San Francisco on Jan. 13, 2023. (Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey (R) said there are no vagrants in his city at all, and he joined “Fox & Friends First” to describe how he has reinforced a no-encampment policy while still upholding the rule of law.

Bailey explained that the city works with the police department and a homeless service provider to give the homeless only one option — to get the help they need. 

Coronado funds “reasonable” services to help those struggling get “back on their feet,” but noted the city also has a no-tolerance policy for violating municipal codes.  

California allocated $10 billion to curb the homeless crisis from 2018 to 2012. 

Despite the massive government spending dedicated to alleviating the crisis, the Golden State still has 30% of the entire country’s homeless population. 

World News:

“Unwinnable War”? Calls Grow for Negotiated End to Ukraine War

Railway workers strike in Greece after 46 killed, dozens injured in train crash

A train from Athens to Thessaloniki carrying 350 passengers – many of them students returning from carnival celebrations – crashed head-on into a freight train in northern Greece shortly before midnight on Tuesday in the country’s deadliest rail crash on record.

On Thursday, railway workers’ associations held a 24-hour strike, bringing the country’s national rail services as well as the subway in Athens to a grinding halt.

The Greek Railroad Workers Union called the strike to protest what it said was chronic neglect of Greece’s railways by successive governments.

Russian Shelling Kills Civilians In Zaporizhzhya As Moscow Pushes Further With Bakhmut Offensive

Local resident Yuriy holds the hand of his pregnant relative Anna, 27, after she was rescued from a residential building heavily damaged by a Russian missile strike in Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine, on March 2.

The number of Russian offensive actions repelled by Ukrainian defenders increased more than twofold compared to the previous 24 hours, with the General Staff reporting over 170 attacks in the east and northeast.

The bulk of Russia’s assault were directed against Bakhmut but also targeted Lyman, Avdiyivka, and Shakhtarsk, according to the morning report of the General Staff.”

The enemy continues to advance in the direction of Bakhmut, attempting to storm Bakhmut,” the military said.

Russia has been throwing large numbers of infantry soldiers in wave after wave of attacks on the city in its attempt to surround it and cut off Ukrainian supply lines. There were still several thousand civilians in the ruined city, which had a pre-war population of 70,000.

Evyatar outpost point of friction in Netanyahu’s coalition

The illegal Evyatar outpost in the West Bank has become the symbol of friction in Netanyahu’s coalition amid the violence in the region 

Masks, the jury returns

RCTs did not show a clear reduction in respiratory viral infection with the use of medical/surgical masks.

There were no clear differences between the use of medical/surgical masks compared with N95/P2 respirators in healthcare workers,

when used in routine care to reduce respiratory viral infection.

Hungary further delays vote on Sweden, Finland joining NATO

(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File )

The delay, which pushes the vote back by two weeks to the parliamentary session beginning March 20, comes as Hungary remains the only NATO member country besides Turkey that hasn’t yet approved the two Nordic countries’ bids to join the Western military alliance.

Hungary’s populist prime minister, Viktor Orban, has said that he is personally in favor of the two countries joining NATO, but alleges that the governments in Stockholm and Helsinki have “spread blatant lies” about Hungary which have raised questions among lawmakers in his party on whether to approve the bids.

In a radio interview on Feb. 24, Orban confirmed that Hungary would send a parliamentary delegation to Sweden and Finland to seek “clarification” on such issues before the ratification could come to a vote in parliament.

Russia and West spar as G-20 communique remains elusive for India

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the G-20 foreign ministers via video link in New Delhi on March 2.   © AP

Many had been expecting fireworks as the meeting brought Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov into the same room with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly and other critics of the Ukraine war.

Lavrov accused “some Western delegations” of turning the G-20 agenda “into a farce” to shift blame for their “economic failures,” according to Russia’s state news agency TASS.

Lavrov complained that Western members of the grouping had never taken Washington to task for its “adventures” in the Middle East “under the pretext of addressing national security threats” far from U.S. shores.

Blinken, for his part, said the G-20 meeting had been “marred by Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine, deliberate campaign of destruction against civilian targets, and its attack on the core principles of the U.N. Charter,” according to prepared remarks shared with mainly U.S. media outlets.

Netanyahu warns against anarchy amid protests; Gantz “prospects of civil war” TV7 Israel News 02.03

1) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns that anarchy will not be tolerated – in the wake of nation-wide demonstrations which included a high number of violent altercations between protesters and police forces.

2) Former Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz urges the government to postpone its legislative push for judicial reform – warning of prospects of civil war.

3) IDF Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Herzi Halevi pledges to ratchet-up efforts against terror elements throughout Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley.

Ukraine war: Russia’s troop death toll ‘passes 150,000’

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said on Thursday that 715 Russian soldiers had been killed since Wednesday’s count, taking the total to 150,605.

Its latest tally came as Moscow continued in its push to encircle Bakhmut, which Russia says would open the way to fully controlling the rest of the strategic Donbas industrial region bordering Russia, one of the main objectives of Putin’s invasion.

However, doing so has come at a cost. The months-long battle for the city has been compared to a First World War ‘meat grinder’, with Russia suffering tens of thousands of casualties while making only marginal gains in the region.

One military analysts said today Russia was sending in ‘human waves’, only for its soldiers to be carried off the battlefield ‘like a conveyor belt’.

Revealed: 23 Per Cent of German Population Now Migrants or Children of Migrants

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It’s the first time the statistics office has analyzed the country’s population based on migration figures and not just on citizenship, which is a more vague concept since many immigrants – and especially the children of immigrants – have taken on German citizenship in recent years.

When it comes to the 17.3 per cent who are first-generation immigrants, Germany ranks above the European Union average of 10.6 per cent, the German news agency dpa reported.

In addition, another 3.7 million, or 4.5 per cent of the population, have one parent who immigrated and one ethnic German parent.

The newly presented figures are from 2021 and therefore do not include the more than one million Ukrainians who came to Germany looking for shelter after Russia invaded their home country a year ago.


Trump Drops BOMB on Biden Over Woke “Equity Agenda”

Ron DeSantis: The anti-woke majority is getting stronger

Author of ‘The Courage to Be Free’ Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., says quick execution of policy and results contributed to his economic success in the state on ‘America’s Newsroom.’

Sarah Sanders: This was a cover-up and there needs to be accountability

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, R., joined ‘The Faulkner Focus’ to discuss growing calls to declassify COVID origin information and AG Garland’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the DOJ’s alleged targeting of angry parents.

‘Do You Understand That?’: Ron Johnson Questions Key Biden Nominee

At Tuesday’s Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) questioned Colleen Shogan, President Biden’s nominee to lead the National Archives and Records Administration.

Gavin Newsom attacks federal judge overseeing California’s assault weapons ban: ‘This sickens me’

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Rob Bonta announced that the state of California has filed an appeal to a recent decision by a U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego to overturn California’s three-decade-old ban on assault weapons. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom continued his attacks against federal judges Wednesday evening, calling into question the character of San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez following a controversial “scared straight” approach on a defendant’s daughter in court last month.

The outlet detailed a moment during a Feb. 13 hearing where Benitez told a U.S. Marshal to handcuff the 13-year-old daughter of a defendant who was in court to decide probation revocation following five years in prison and five years of supervised release on a drug conspiracy charge.

The constitutionality of California’s weapons-related ban has been in limbo following the reinstatement and Benitez is expected to release a second decision in the coming weeks.

Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong personally lobbies Beijing to talk peace with Russi

Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong has met with her new Chinese counterpart Qin Gang at a G20 sideline meeting in New Delhi.

Ms Wong said they discussed the war against Ukraine where she personally lobbied Beijing to use its close relationship with Russia to end the conflict.

She also joined other countries in giving a very clear warning to China about repercussions if it were to supply weapons to Russia.

“I was right about the Nordstream bombing” – Thierry Baudet in Dutch Parliament

Joe Biden Picks Migrant Rights Advocate Julie Su for Labor Sec.

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Biden’s nomination of Julie Su comes just a few days after his deputies shrugged off the New York Times’ stunning report that roughly 200,00 foreign teenagers were working in often-brutal jobs around the nation.

The river of teen workers is just one part of the flood of roughly six million legal, quasi-legal, temporary, and illegal migrants who have been invited and welcomed by Biden since January 2021.

Under Biden, the inflow of work-ready migrants has shot back up to the levels — roughly 1.6 million in 2022 — seen before President Donald Trump’s border reforms were implemented, according to federal data:


Konstantin Kisin: Climate Change Policy vs Reality

Satirist, podcaster, author and political commentator Konstantin Kissin makes a compelling case why our costly transition from fossil fuel energy independence to more expensive, less efficient green energy will burden citizens while providing negligible effect on the climate.

The demonization of straight white men

Gutfeld: Ben & Jerry’s hypocrisy is too good

‘Gutfeld!’ panelists weigh in on how some of America’s biggest companies, including Ben & Jerry’s, are accused of using migrant child labor

Ingraham: How did things get so off track in America?

Ingraham: The next generation won’t respect rule of law if our own FBI is perceived to be flouting it.