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Boston Marathon debuts nonbinary division with 27 athletes competing

Vermont native Kae Ravichandran won the nonbinary division on Monday, finishing with a time of 2:38:56. Runner-up Cal Calamia, who wore a transgender patch on their singlet, said they heard spectators cheering for them all along the course.

‘To be able to do it in this way, in this category, makes it so much more special,’ said Calamia, who was running their sixth marathon and first Boston. ‘Knowing how much work has gone into getting this category — in a way, that was already a win.’

The Boston Athletic Association, which administers the prestigious marathon, announced the move in September, not just for the marathon, but for the BAA’s other races, including a 5K, a 10K and a half marathon.

Nonbinary athletes were allowed to submit entry applications if they’ve completed a marathon as a nonbinary participant during the current qualifying window. The organization’s online applications included ‘nonbinary’ as a gender option.

‘Discussions are ongoing with nonbinary athletes in an effort to further promote inclusion at all BAA events,’ the organization said in September, adding, ‘We view this first year as an opportunity to learn and grow together.’

California power companies roll out fixed-rate bill proposal

If you earn more, you pay more.

That’s the basic idea behind sweeping changes proposed by California’s three largest power companies that will impact your electricity bill.

Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric, and San Diego Gas & Electric submitted a joint proposal to the state’s Public Utilities Commission last week that outlines the new rate structure.

It follows last year’s passage of Assembly Bill 205 which requires a fixed rate and generally simpler power bills.

Training Ukraine | Full Measure

The Russia-Ukraine war is grinding into year two, well past early predictions for a quick conclusion.

And while U.S. troops aren’t deployed there to fight directly, their expertise is felt daily.

Scott Thuman has reports from the North Carolina woods to Poland on U.S. efforts to help other countries fight their battles.

Silent Minority | Full Measure

As a group, Asians in America tell an incredible story of success.

Seventy-one percent of Asian American adults in the U.S. today were born in foreign countries. Most came speaking little to no English and had few, if any, assets.

Yet they’re the highest-income, best-educated, and fastest-growing racial group in the U.S.

That status puts them at odds with the narrative that the deck is stacked against minorities in America.

And it’s left Asian Americans in a strange place. Today’s cover story is Silent Minority.

Pentagon issues warning about offshore wind projects, threatening Biden goals

The DOD said Monday that its initial assessment of areas the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has earmarked for new offshore wind development has revealed “compatibility challenges” with existing Navy and Air Force training facilities nearby.

The areas in question include offshore areas off the coasts of North Carolina, Delaware, Virginia, and Maryland.

The Pentagon “continues to work with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, industry, and other stakeholders to identify the best locations for development,” a DOD spokesperson told the Washington Examiner on Monday.

The Pentagon has previously described those areas as “highly problematic” to its operations and its ability to navigate around the turbines, according to Bloomberg.

The areas deemed of highest concern by the DOD span a “large portion” of potential lease areas off the coasts of Maryland and North Carolina. Other areas of concern included areas near its facilities, such as the Dare County bombing range in North Carolina and a Yorktown, Virginia, weapons station.

34 Officers of People’s Republic of China National Police Charged with Perpetrating Transnational Repression Scheme Targeting U.S. Residents

Today, a complaint was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn charging 34 officers of the national police of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) – the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) – with harassing Chinese nationals residing in the New York metropolitan area and elsewhere in the United States.

The defendants allegedly perpetrated transnational repression schemes targeting U.S. residents whose political views and actions are disfavored by the PRC government, such as advocating for democracy in the PRC. 

All the defendants are believed to reside in the PRC, and they remain at large.

Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Matthew G. Olsen, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s National Security Division; Kurt Ronnow, Acting Assistant Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Counterintelligence Division (FBI), and David Sundberg, Assistant Director-in-Charge, FBI, announced the charges.

Federal Prosecutors Announce Charges In Relation To A Chinese Police Outpost In Manhattan

Federal Prosecutors in NY announced charges in relation to a Chinese police outpost in Manhattan.

Child labor being used to mine cobalt for the Left’s electric dream utopia

“You’ve got 40,000 black children … digging for cobalt in the Congo to help create the products necessary.”

Pete Hoekstra joins @SteveGruberShow to discuss child labor being used to mine cobalt for the Left’s electric dream utopia.

Tucker reveals the most ‘jaw-dropping’ takeaway from Elon Musk interview

Tucker Carlson joined ‘Fox & Friends’ to discuss his interview of Musk and his dire warning on the broader concerns surrounding artificial intelligence.

Musk reveals explosive allegation on govt’s access to private Twitter accounts

Fox News contributor Joe Concha breaks down key responses from Tucker Carlson’s interview with Elon Musk discussing artificial intelligence and government access to private Twitter accounts.

California DA who floated keeping gang members accused of killing toddler out of jail faces recall backlash

Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price, left, and Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon. (Pamela Price/Instagram)

An informal petition demanding her recall has garnered more than 14,000 signatures. It takes issue with a handful of other cases in which the new left-wing district attorney has allegedly gone soft on criminals.

In one, her office offered a 15-year plea deal to a man accused of three murders.

According to an interview published last month at the University of California, Berkeley, where Price attended law school, the newly elected prosecutor “seeks to reduce gun violence and mass incarceration while rooting out racial, socioeconomic, and gender disparities within the county’s criminal legal system.”

Gates funds millions to NGO claiming kids born sexual, 10-year-olds should learn about ‘commercial sex work’

Bill Gates funded an organization which claimed children are born sexual.  (Getty | iStock | IPPF)

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donates millions annually to a nongovernmental organization which claims that children are born sexual and should learn about “commercial sex work” under 10 years of age.

The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) – a separate entity from the U.S. nonprofit – wields significant influence on global sex education. The NGO comprises 120 independent organizations in over 146 countries and has received – including its European network – over $80M from Gates. Other significant donors included the World Health Organization. 

“Sexual activity may be part of different types of relationships, including dating, marriage or commercial sex work, among others,” IPPF said about children under 10 should be taught, which was first flagged by Nicole Solas of the Independent Women’s Forum. 

Children under 10 should also be told “As you grow up, you might start to be interested in people with diverse gender identities,” the toolkit said. 

Elon Musk shined spotlight on government overreach: Rep. Stefanik

New York Rep. Elise Stefanik joins ‘Fox & Friends’ calls for a full investigation of the recent intelligence leak. She also previews Republicans’ hearing on NYC crime crisis and discusses concerns about government access to social media.

NYC mother says Alvin Bragg’s office treated her ‘like garbage’ after ‘brutal slaughter’ of her veteran son

Madeline Brame, middle, blasted Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on Monday, arguing his office treated her family “like trash.”

Madeline Brame appeared before the House Judiciary Committee’s field hearing in NYC on Monday, testifying about her son’s murder and the years-long court battle that followed. Brame blasted both Bragg’s handling of the case and the larger New York judicial system, saying millions of taxpayer dollars were being wasted even as crime spiked.

Bragg has left “all types of criminal elements free to do what they want, when they want, however they want, to whomever they want with no consequences–no deterrence,” Brame testified. “Millions and billions of our hard-earned taxpayer dollars are going to fund organizations that are doing absolutely nothing to deter this crime.”

Brame’s son, Hason Correa, was stabbed nine times in front of his father in 2018. His attackers were alleged to be Mary Saunders, her brother and another man. Prosecutors worked on the case for more than four years, but Bragg’s office was unable to prove that Saunders had knowingly assisted Correa’s murder.

Crowd takes over street, loots gas station in Compton 

A street takeover in Compton early Sunday morning was followed by a large mob breaking down the door of a gas station and stealing thousands of dollars worth of products. 

Manhattan DA Bragg slammed by violent crime victims at House GOP’s hearing in NYC

“Repeat offenders are plaguing New York City,” Jordan said during his opening statement. “Our plan this Congress, has been to include field hearings in some of our greatest cities to analyze and highlight how soft on cimd policies hurt families, hurt communities, hurt small business owners… What better place to start than New York City where videos of violent, senseless attacks appear almost daily.” 

Several witnesses were questioned about their experiences with violent crime, with many of them demanding more from prosecutors and sharing painful stories of murder, loss, theft and wrongful imprisonment. 

At one point in the hearing, after Democrats had tried to paint some of the witnesses as political props being used by the GOP, Madeline Brame — who’s son was murdered — said loudly, “I am a willing participant!” 

Orthopedic surgeon sounds off on COVID vaccine after developing career-ending condition: I’ve been ‘abandoned’

(REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

During an appearance on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” Dr. Joel Wallskog shared the chilling details of how he contracted Transverse Myelitis, going from a “completely healthy 50-year-old” to a crippled, unemployed orthopedic surgeon, in a matter of a week.

“I was a completely healthy 50-year-old person with really no medical problems until about seven days after my first – or I should say one and only Moderna shot – that I received from December 30th of 2020. So, I was completely otherwise healthy until seven days after the shot,” Dr. Wallskog shared with co-host Rachel Campos-Duffy.

Campos-Duffy shared her sympathies with Dr. Wallskog, asking the surgeon, “what happens next? Who takes responsibility for this?”

Navy SEAL chief Eddie Gallagher exposes neocon Dan Crenshaw… disturbing allegations…

Dan Crenshaw is by far one of biggest political disappointments in recent memory, and the final nail in Dan’s political coffin may have just been delivered by a fellow Navy SEAL named Eddie Gallagher.

Gallagher just released a bombshell video that’s gone mega-viral, exposing more ugly truths about Dan Crenshaw. According to Eddie, several congressmen revealed to him that Dan was feverishly working behind the scenes to sabotage him back when he was facing war crime charges – charges that were later dismissed.

But it gets even worse. According to Eddie, Dan was working behind the scenes to sabotage him while simultaneously vowing to Eddie’s family that he was doing all he could to help.


Tyranny Through Weaponized Bureaucracy | Dr. Scott Jenson | EP 349

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson and Dr. Scott Jenson walk through his accomplished professional life in family medicine, as well as his successful run as a Minnesota senator, all before having his reputation in both fields dismantled for what may be purely political reasons.

Six investigations across nearly five years and numerous allegations without cohesion, proof, or relation have amounted to nothing, save for the clarification of Dr. Jensen’s newest goal:
to take on the medical board that had no justification for its actions.

Given the parallels between Dr. Jenson and Dr. Peterson’s experiences, this interview was not only inevitable but paramount.

Fossil Fuels: The Big Picture

Should the world stop using fossil fuels—oil, coal, and natural gas?

Or should we embrace them as an essential part of modern life? Alex Epstein explores these questions.

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At least 196,000 hospital appointments and ops cancelled due to junior doctors’ strike – but true figure likely to be higher

Striking junior doctors on the picket line outside Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham

Some 20,470 inpatient procedures were rescheduled, along with 175,755 outpatient appointments, making a total of 196,225.

An average of 26,145 staff per day were absent from work as a result of the industrial action.

However, NHS England says a high number of trusts haven’t reported their figures, so the stats provided so far are “not the full picture”.

The number of cancellations is the highest to hit the NHS since walkouts began in the long-running pay dispute.

Ukraine war latest: RAF intercepts Russian fighter jets and spy plane near NATO airspace

Typhoon fighter jets from the UK and Germany conducted a joint mission to intercept three Russian aircrafts flying over the Gulf of Finland and Baltic Sea (Picture: RAF)© Provided by Metro

RAF Typhoon jets have intercepted a pair of Russian fighter jets and a spy plane flying close to NATO airspace above the Baltic Sea.

In a joint mission with the German Air Force, RAF pilots intercepted the three Russian aircraft over the Gulf of Finland.

The RAF said one jet was identified as a Russian intelligence aircraft flying from mainland Russia to the Kaliningrad enclave, which lies near Poland.

It was met by two Russian fighter jets based in Kaliningrad, which flew with it south through the northwest area of the Estonian flight zone.

RAF and German Typhoons escorted the aircraft through the area before handing over to the Swedish Air Force.

France revolts against anti-democratic decisions made by French President Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron explains that this reform is essential to ensure budgetary stability due to the financial deterioration of pension funds and the aging of the population. 

Ukrainian Troops Inflict Catastrophic Losses Against Russia in Longest Running Battle

KYIV, Ukraine – Russia’s assault on the eastern Ukrainian town of Bakhmut has now become the longest-running battle in Russia’s ongoing invasion. Ukrainian forces have managed to hold the city and inflict catastrophic losses against all odds.

For more than seven months, Russian mercenaries and conscripts have been throwing everything they have at this small city, with some estimates putting the death toll as high as a thousand per day. Despite the heavy losses, Russia remained determined to take what’s left of Bakhmut, making slow gains at encircling it even as their constant shelling reduced their prize to rubble. What was a thriving city of 70,000 now lies in ruins.

Experts predicted a large winter offensive by Russia that never materialized. And as the spring thaw arrives, British intelligence suggests Russia is shifting to a defensive posture in eastern Ukraine, anticipating a massive counterattack.

Ukraine says it is finding more Chinese components in Russian weapons

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu inspects implementation of the state defence order at a military-industrial complex facility in the Tula region, Russia, in this picture released April 11, 2023. Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defence Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

In “the weapons recovered from the battlefield we continue to find different electronics,” said Vladyslav Vlasiuk, who advises the president’s chief of staff on sanctions policy.

“The trend is now that there is less Western-made components but more – not hard (to) guess which country – made components. Of course, China,” he said via a video call.

Intelligence gathered by Ukrainian experts from the battlefield and shared with Reuters stated that Chinese-made components were found in a navigation system in Orlan aerial drones that had previously used a Swiss system.

The experts also reported finding Chinese parts in the fire control system in Russian tanks that had earlier used French-made parts.

Vlasiuk said that Ukraine was able to identify some manufacturers or suppliers and share that information with Western allies.

He named China North Industries Group (Norinco), a Chinese weapons maker, as one supplier and military supplier Xinxing Guangzhou Import & Export Co as another, without saying what they had supplied.

A member of staff at Norinco, who declined to give their name, said the company was “not providing military equipment components to Russia”.

Ukraine-Russia war – live: Wagner mercenaries claim Bakhmut districts after ‘unprecedented’ bloody battles

Mercenaries for the pro-Russia Wagner group claim to have made fresh gains in Bakhmut, but Ukraine’s forces are reported to still be holding on in the frontline Donetsk city.

Vladimir Putin’s defence ministry claimed that Wagner had captured two districts in the centre and northwest of Bakhmut, the city where Kyiv has hunkered down for months in an apparently successful bid to force Russia into conceding heavy losses.

“Bloody battles unprecedented in recent decades are taking place in the middle of the city’s urban area,” said Serhiy Cherevatyi, spokesperson for Ukraine’s eastern military command, whose remaining forces in Bakhmut have been facing “significant resupply issues”, according to UK intelligence.

Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day on the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

On the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day. Survivors will honor the 6 million Jews killed by Nazis

Israel retains high alert; Finance Minister dismisses Moody’s credit-R outlook TV7 Israel News 17.14

1) The Israeli Security Establishment maintains a heightened level of preparedness in the face of increased Iranian activities in all sectors surrounding Israel.

2) Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant underscores Israel’s unrelenting operational activities against its enemies – both near and far.

3) Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich insists that Moody’s negative outlook regarding Israel’s credit rating should be taken out of proportion.

Myanmar junta frees more than 3,000 prisoners to mark the country’s New Year | Radio Free Asia (RFA)

The amnesty includes only one political prisoner, a former government minister who was arrested after the junta seized power in February, 2021.

Chinese defense ministers’ tour of top Russian military academy underscores close ties between Moscow, Beijing

Chief of the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Col. Gen. Vladimir Zarudnitsky, left, escorts Chinas Defense Minister Gen. Li Shangfu during a tour in Moscow, Russia, on April 17, 2023.  (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Gen. Li Shangfu in the Kremlin on Sunday, noting that his trip follows a “very productive” three-day state visit to Moscow by Chinese leader Xi Jinping last month.

Putin emphasized that defense cooperation, including joint military drills, has helped “strengthen the trust-based strategic relationship” between the two countries.

Li told Putin that “relations between our armed forces are growing stronger with every passing day,” adding that “your personal friendship with the president of China plays a major role in this process, and everyone in China knows this.”

On Monday, Li visited the military academy of the Russian General Staff, the elite institution for training senior military officers.

The Russian Defense Ministry noted in a statement issued after his visit that the academy would welcome more than 20 senior military officers from China for a training course in the fall.

New UN-backed legal recommendations normalize sex with minors, outraged critics say

Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron during his send-off ceremony on August 20, 2019, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Cameron wrote the foreword to a new set of international legal recommendations, released on March 8, 2023, that he says will protect those whose sexual practices are “identified with the disapproved or stigmatized conduct.” (Alon Skuy/Sowetan/Gallo Images via Getty Images)

A shocking report issued by international legal experts with the backing of the United Nations appears to open the floodgates to normalize sex with minors. 

“Sexual conduct involving persons below the domestically prescribed minimum age of consent to sex may be consensual in fact, if not in law,” the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists wrote in March with an assist from UNAIDS and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The report is titled “The 8 March Principles for a Human Rights-Based Approach to Criminal Law Proscribing Conduct Associated with Sex, Reproduction, Drug Use, HIV, Homelessness and Poverty.”

“According to the United Nations, children may consent to sex with adults. This has been the plan all along,” social media influencer Ian Miles Cheong tweeted over the weekend to his 538,000 followers.

The report does not offer a suggested age of sexual consent. 

It was released on March 8 in recognition of International Women’s Day, the commission states online, suggesting there is a connection between women’s rights and age of sexual consent.

The once-unthinkable recommendations from an international cabal of global elite legal minds appears to suggest that pedophilia could be normalized. 

It touched off a horrified reaction on social media around the world.


We won’t help Democrats replace Dianne Feinstein, Republicans warn

Senior Senate Republicans are warning they will block Democrats from sliding Sen. Dianne Feinstein out of her Judiciary Committee role amid demands that she resign due to her advanced age.

Following calls for the longtime California Democrat to step down as she continues to miss votes with a case of shingles, party leaders made arrangements to get her off the panel so that majority Democrats can keep confirming federal judges through the narrowly divided Senate.

But any change requires Republicans to go along, and Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton made his own views known over the weekend.

‘Republicans should not assist Democrats in confirming Joe Biden‘s most radical nominees to the courts,’ he wrote, tweeting and article in the conservative publication The Federalist which argued there was ‘zero reason’ for them to assist. 

Cotton’s hardline stance came as senators were returning to Washington after a recess, after a prominent Democrat again called on Feinstein to step down.

Matt Gaetz SLAMS Alvin Bragg and Soros Backed DA’s for Enabling Violent Crime

The GOP needs to get it together: Steve Hilton

Steve Hilton discusses the many crises in America created under President Biden and how the GOP needs to be leveraging these Democratic failures on ‘The Next Revolution.’

House will vote soon to cap federal spending at 2022 level, raise debt limit for one year: McCarthy

US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy delivers a speech on the econony at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York on April 17, 2023. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Monday that House Republicans will vote on a bill “in the coming weeks” to lift the debt ceiling for one year while capping federal spending at the fiscal year 2022 level.

Addressing business leaders at the New York Stock Exchange, the California Republican also said the bill would limit subsequent spending increases to just 1% per year over a decade.

“Let me be clear: a no-strings-attached debt limit increase cannot pass. But since the president continues to hide, House Republicans will take action,” McCarthy said, noting the White House’s refusal to negotiate a package that includes a debt ceiling hike and spending limits.

“Here’s our plan: In the coming weeks, the House will vote on a bill to lift the debt ceiling into next year, save taxpayers trillions of dollars, make us less dependent on China, and curb high inflation — all without touching Social Security or Medicare,” he said. “Simply put, it puts us on a responsible fiscal path in three ways: limit, save, and grow.”

Hilton: The Biden administration’s lies were just exposed

Fox News host Steve Hilton compares and contrasts the foreign policy of the Biden and Trump administrations on ‘The Next Revolution.’


Published April 17, 2023 4:00am EDT

Latest Hunter bombshell: Here’s the kind of access his partners had to VP Joe Biden

(Paul Morigi/Getty Images for World Food Program USA)

The president’s repeated insistence that he never discussed with Hunter his overseas business dealings, let alone with his partners, is belied by indisputable evidence that has grown exponentially over time. Yet, the elder Biden maintains the ludicrous charade. No reasonably intelligent person believes him.

Recently, Fox News uncovered records showing that Hunter’s associates in his suspected influence-peddling schemes frequented the White House more than 80 times when his father was vice president.

A top executive in the son’s now-defunct investment firm logged at least 17 visits. Another partner seems to have taken up residency there with 27 appointments. Are we to believe they merely chatted about the weather? Hardly.

Authenticated emails confirm that Joe Biden attended numerous meetings and dinners with many of Hunter’s foreign investors and business partners. 

Photographs corroborate it, and there are messages thanking Hunter for arranging meetings with his dad. The two flew aboard Air Force Two together to China, where Joe met with his son’s business cohorts. Just days later Hunter cemented a lucrative venture with a Beijing investment firm, BHR Partners.