In The News Today: 5/4/2022

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US News:

Biden and Putin BOTH show off ‘Doomsday Planes’

President Biden’s ‘Doomsday Plane,’ Air Force One’s little-known sister aircraft designed to withstand nuclear apocalypse, was spotted being prepped for action with a refueling drill over southern California

Just this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s own ‘Doomsday’ plane was seen flying around the outskirts of Moscow. The Russian leader placed his nuclear forces on high alert shortly after invading Ukraine, and officials worry he will resort to atomic weapons after staunch Western support has made Ukraine a more formidable opponent than he expected.  

Russian officials have insisted the aircraft will be showcased with a low flypast at Monday’s annual Victory Day parade on Red Square, and is involved in ‘rehearsals’ for the display. 

Test pilots and personnel from the 418th Flight Test Squadron, out of Edwards Air Force Base, California, refueled the E-4B Nightwatch in April, though photos have just been released. 

Many children’s products labeled as eco-friendly contain toxic ‘forever chemicals,’ study finds

A bevy of children’s products, including those with green certifications, may contain harmful “forever chemicals” that were not listed on the labels, a new study finds.

While more consumers are demanding products free of toxic ingredients, seeking out items with eco-friendly labels may not necessarily be an effective strategy, according to the research, published in the Environmental Science & Technology journal on Wednesday.

These findings, the authors concluded, demonstrate the pervasiveness of so-called forever chemicals — also known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — and the challenges Americans face when trying to avoid them, the authors noted.  

Rapper Kidd Creole sentenced to 16 years in prison for murder of homeless man in NYC

(Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, Pool, File)(Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, Pool, File)
(Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, Pool, File)(Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, Pool, File)

The 62-year-old, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, was found guilty of manslaughter in the first degree last month for the deadly stabbing of 55-year-old John Jolly in Midtown in 2017.

Glover was a founding member of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five.

Prosecutors said he stabbed Jolly twice in the chest with a steak knife after becoming enraged because he thought Jolly was gay and hitting on him.

Glover was a founding member of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five.

Prosecutors said he stabbed Jolly twice in the chest with a steak knife after becoming enraged because he thought Jolly was gay and hitting on him.

Moderna blows out first-quarter earnings expectations, triples Covid vaccine sales

Frederic J. Brown | AFP | Getty Images
Frederic J. Brown | AFP | Getty Images

The biotech company’s shares soared by more than 7% in premarket trading Wednesday before falling. Its stock was down modestly in afternoon trading.

Moderna maintained its full-year guidance of $21 billion in Covid vaccine sales. That guidance is based on signed agreements with governments and does not include any orders from the U.S., so the final number could come in higher.

However, CFO David Meline said there is uncertainty in the 2022 sales guidance. COVAX, an international alliance that helps procure shots for some countries, chose against exercising an option for additional doses this year. The sales guidance still includes some contracted volume from COVAX but the group needs to confirm demand, Meline said.

Legion of Doom: 26 Leftist NGOs Team Up to Stop Elon Musk from Changing Twitter

 (GEORG HOCHMUTH/AFP via Getty Images)
 (GEORG HOCHMUTH/AFP via Getty Images)

The letter’s signatories are a laundry list of partisan progressive and leftist identitarian organizations, including  Democrat talking shop Media Matters, which infamously spearheaded efforts to pressure Facebook and other platforms to ramp up censorship in the months following Donald Trump’s victory in 2016.

One organization on the list, Access Now, is funded by an assortment of foreign governments, including Sweden (the largest donor), Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Canada, as well as George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

Another leftist org on the list is the extremist identitarian Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, which recently attracted attention after its leadership spent millions of dollars of donation money purchasing luxury mansions.

The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), an infamous British “anti-hate” organization responsible for blacklisting numerous mainstream conservatives and smearing Breitbart News, is also on the list.

The full list is as follows:

Transgender activist suggests ‘very young’ children should interact with trans community

Transgender activist and actor Kalki Subramaniam along with other LGBT community members during central India's first Gay Pride parade taken out to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17, 2017, in Bhopal, India. (Mujeeb Faruqui/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Transgender activist and actor Kalki Subramaniam along with other LGBT community members during central India’s first Gay Pride parade taken out to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17, 2017, in Bhopal, India. (Mujeeb Faruqui/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Kalki Subramaniam, who is a self-described celebrated Indian transgender activist, artist, entrepreneur, poet, actor and inspirational speaker, delivered a lecture titled “The Power of Art in Social Change” to the USF Department of Women’s and Gender Studies in January.

Subramaniam, who lives in India and founded the Sahodari Foundation, spoke about an initiative the organization does called the “Walls of Kindness,” in which several transgender activists travel to remote rural and tribal villages to paint the walls of schools with art and meet with staff and young students.

According to the project’s website, one of the goals of the project is to interact with students in an attempt to dispel transphobia and break “stereotypes about transgender people and establish that we are positive contributors to this society.”

“We establish that transgender people can be changemakers,” the website added.

Fox 26: 65,000+ Fake Students Enrolled In The California Junior College System

FAKE STUDENTS! Every few days, Professor Kim Rich looks through new student registrations for the Los Angeles Community College District, including at Pierce College where she teaches criminal justice, and sees hundreds of newly created fake student enrollments.

Hackers enroll the fake students and collect up to $900 million in financial aid and Covid-19 aid each semester. However, no one seems to know for sure the sheer scale of the fraud.

New fake accounts are created, the fake students enroll in classes, taking seats away from actual students hoping to enroll in those classes. The fake accounts also “qualify” for financial aid.

Arizona to carry out first execution in 8 years after death row inmate loses mental fitness case

Inmate Clarence Dixon, 65,
Inmate Clarence Dixon, 65, 

Inmate Clarence Dixon, 65, was convicted for the 1978 murder of Deana Bowdoin, a 21-year-old student at Arizona State University. He was also charged with raping Bowdoin, but the charge was dropped due to the statute of limitations.

Lawyers sought to have Dixon declared unfit for execution by reason of insanity, but Pinal County Superior Court Judge Robert Olson rejected the argument in a Wednesday ruling.

Dixon first entered prison for sexual assault and other convictions relating to a 1985 attack on another 21-year-old student, according to the Associated Press. Dixon was sentenced to multiple life sentences in the incident, and a DNA test would later connect him to Bowdoin’s murder, the AP reported.

Fed Raises Rate Target By Half A Percentage Point, Most in 22 Years

Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty Images
Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty Images

The Federal Open Market Committee, which sets interest rate policy, said its target rate for overnight interbank funding would rise from a range of 0.25 percent to 0.50 percent to a range of 0.75 percent to one percent.

In addition, the Fed said it would raise the rate it pays on reserve balances to 0.9 percent.

The Fed also said it would begin reducing its holdings of Treasuries and mortgage bonds on June 1.

The Fed said in a plan released along with its monetary policy statement that it will initially shrink its Treasury holdings by $30 billion a month and mortgage bonds by $17.5 billion. After three months at this pace, the run-off’s pace will double to $60 billion of Treasuries and $35 billion of mortgage bonds.

Bidenflation: Trade Deficit Soars Over $100 Billion For The First Time Ever

Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images
Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

U.S. imports have surged in nominal terms as inflationary pressures have put the U.S. economy in a headlock. Strong demand from U.S. consumers, flush with excess savings from suppressed spending during the lockdowns and stimulus checks, pushed imports above $300 billion last fall. March was the fifth consecutive month above that highwater mark.

Exports have risen more slowly than imports because the economies of nations that buy U.S. goods and services have experienced more sluggish recoveries than the U.S.  As a result, much of the deficit spending of the U.S. federal government, supported by record levels of government debt issuance, is being transferred as income to foreign producers.

That deprives the U.S. government of tax revenue, decreases U.S. household income, and creates the need for more deficit spending or private sector debt to fill the income hole. Imports get subtracted from GDP and were a major reason the economy contracted in the first quarter of the year.

Satanic Temple requests Boston City Hall fly flag celebrating ‘Satanic Appreciation Week’

Flags fly above Boston City Hall on Nov. 11, 2021. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) (Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Flags fly above Boston City Hall on Nov. 11, 2021. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) (Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

The Satanic Temple is requesting to fly a flag over Boston’s City Hall following the recent Supreme Court ruling that the city violated the free speech rights of a conservative group that previously sought to fly a Christian flag over the government building

“The Satanic Temple replies to the Supreme Court ruling that found Boston violated First Amendment rights by refusing to fly Christian flag at City Hall Plaza,” the Satanic Temple tweeted Tuesday, accompanied by a screenshot of a request to raise a flag to celebrate “Satanic Appreciation Week” from July 23-29.

The Satanic Temple’s application was filed online and did not provide details on the flag or what the week-long celebration entails. The group’s main headquarters is based in Salem, Massachusetts. 

NYC man, 77, punched and stomped in face during alleged robbery, video shows

In this still image taken from surveillance video, the suspect stomps on the victim's head. (NYPD CrimeStoppers)
In this still image taken from surveillance video, the suspect stomps on the victim’s head. (NYPD CrimeStoppers)

Police released video that shows the older man, who is using a cane, and the suspect talking on the sidewalk. The unidentified man then punches the older man in his face, knocking him to the ground. 

The suspect is then seen throwing a cup full of liquid at the victim’s head before stomping him in the face. 

Authorities asked anyone with information about the incident to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

The Man Who Discovered Hunter Biden’s Laptop Announces Legal Action Against CNN, Adam Schiff and Others

 (SAUL LOEB - Pool - AFP / Getty Images)
 (SAUL LOEB – Pool – AFP / Getty Images)

John Paul Mac Isaac is filing suit against Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, CNN, The Daily Beast and Politico, claiming that false statements about him led to the destruction of a business he had worked hard to build, according to the New York Post.

Mac Isaac said he was accused variously of stealing the computer or spewing Russian disinformation.

Mac Isaac is seeking “at least $1 million in compensatory damages [and] punitive damages, which will be the much bigger number and will be determined at trial,” according to Brian Della Rocca, Mac Isaac’s attorney.

“After fighting to reveal the truth, all I want now is for the rest of the country to know that there was a collective and orchestrated effort by social and mainstream media to block a real story with real consequences for the nation,” he said.

“This was collusion led by 51 former pillars in the intelligence community and backed by words and actions of a politically motivated DOJ and FBI,” he said. “I want this lawsuit to reveal that collusion and more importantly, who gave the marching orders.”

Pro-Abortion Rioters Maim LA Cops

Police attempted to disperse a group of pro-abortion protesters when they tried to occupy an intersection, LAPD chief Michel Moore said. At that point, some began to throw rocks and bottles at officers, two of whom were injured in the attack.

One officer was struck in the head, LAPD captain Steven Ruiz said, possibly by his own baton. That officer is “doing OK,” the captain said. The other injured officer’s condition is unknown, but an ambulance was dispatched to the scene.

Members of the crowd engaged in several acts of vandalism Tuesday night, according to CBS Los Angeles. Rioters smashed the front window of a Planet Fitness gym, graffitied the city hall building, and shattered the window of a Homeland Security vehicle that responded to the protest.

WATCH: Antifa Marches with Lit Flares in Seattle Pro-Abortion Rally

Some of the Antifa crowd chanted “I smell Nazi’s” while carrying lit flares and signs threatening, “Burn Our Rights, We Burn UR State.”

Daviscourt stated that dozens of Antifa members joined forces with the pro-choice marchers. Marchers chanted “Not your body, not your choice.”

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and other state officials joined the protest to speak against the possible overturn of Roe v. Wade, The Center Square reported.

Following the night of protests in cities across the nation, President Joe Biden added fuel to the fire saying, “This MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history.”

Comedian Dave Chappelle attacked onstage at Netflix show in Los Angeles

Chappelle, 48, and the individual appeared to tussle on the stage floor during the Netflix Is A Joke Fest, before the individual ran away behind a screen on stage. Security personnel then surrounded and tackled the person in the rear corner of the stage.

Chappelle appeared to run toward the altercation, saying the individual was being “stomped.” He asked repeatedly for security to remove the person from the stage. While the individual was being subdued by security, Chappelle joked to the audience that the person was “a trans man.”

The suspect, identified as 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, was arrested and booked at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood station early Wednesday. He was being held on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, and his bail was set at $30,000, according to police.

Smuggler Busted with 7 Migrants in Pickup near Border in Arizona

Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent John Modlin tweeted photos from a vehicle stop where a female U.S. citizen reportedly had seven migrants packed in the pickup truck.

Agents operating border surveillance cameras near Why, Arizona, this week observed a group of migrants getting into a pickup truck. Border Patrol agents intercepted the vehicle and found a group of seven migrants packed inside the cab and bed of the pickup truck.

The agents identified the migrants as citizens of Mexico and placed them under arrest. The agents also arrested the driver who will face criminal charges related to the smuggling of migrants.

Mexican Cops Boost Police Patrols as Border City Migrant Shelters Exceed Capacity

The situation in Reynosa continues to worsen as hundreds of migrants arrive daily with hopes of crossing into the U.S. Most will turn to cartel-connected human smugglers to help them cross the Rior Grande and surrender to authorities in Texas.

On Wednesday, the City of Reynosa took down a makeshift encampment where hundreds of migrants stayed for months as they waited for their asylum claims in the U.S. to be heard. Some made their way to a migrant shelter, however, the facility soon filled up as as a thousand more waited outside to enter.

The Tamaulipas government revealed that they increased the presence of state police. According to authorities, the Senda de Vida shelter quickly filled with more than 1,600 migrants with more waiting outside.

Multiple Child Sex Offenders, Gang Members Arrested After Crossing Border into U.S.

Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Chris T. Clem tweeted photos of two different child sex offenders after they illegally re-entered the U.S. from Mexico.

Agents arrested 57-year-old Domi Gustavo Jimenez Mayorquin, a Mexican national, after he illegally crossed the border from Mexico into Arizona on Saturday night. During a biometric background investigation, the agents discovered that a New York court convicted the man for sexual assault of a child in 1995.

A few days earlier, Yuma Sector agents arrested 35-year-old Marco Julio Bran, also a Mexican national, after he illegally re-entered the U.S. A records check revealed a conviction in 2008 for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14. The court sentenced the man to three years in prison. Officials did not disclose the state in which the act occurred.

Lila Rose and Tucker Carlson discuss the end of Roe v Wade

There’s a massive meltdown on the pro-abortion side right now because they’re fearful they won’t be able to force abortion through 9 months on all 50 states.

The massive tantrum thrown by the extreme pro-abortion left doesn’t reflect most of America. 22 states have almost complete abortion bans and they want them to go into effect, that want to protect children in their state – born and unborn.

We are going to see an awakening when people are forced to grapple with what abortion is — the poisoning to death, lethal injection, and dismemberment of innocent kids.

When people learn the truth about abortion – they change. We are thrilled, and we are just getting started.

Politics:

Biden Wants $33 Billion More For the War in Ukraine. Which Americans Benefit?

2000 Mules Discussion with Guest: Dinesh D’Souza | Rudy Giuliani | May 4th 2022 | Ep 235

Clean Sweep: All 22 Trump-Backed Candidates Win Primaries in Ohio, Indiana

Michael Zarrilli/Getty Images
Michael Zarrilli/Getty Images

Making Vance’s victory all the more impressive was his ability to stave off the crowded senate field with three other candidates who sought Trump’s endorsement, in addition to being targeted by the Republican establishment and donor class. He took home 32 percent of the vote Tuesday.

Trump-backed Republican candidate Max Miller secured the Republican nomination for the 7th Congressional District. Miller challenged incumbent candidate Rep. Anthony Gonzalez in the primary, one of ten Republicans who voted to impeach Trump. 

All Donald Trump-endorsed candidates swept in Indiana as well, securing nominations in six districts. The candidates, Reps. Jackie Walorski, Jim Banks, Jim Baird, Victoria Spartz, Greg Pence, and Larry Bucshon, are all incumbents currently serving in the United States House of Representatives.

The enormous night for Trump-backed candidates follows sweeping wins in Texas on March 1, which saw candidates who garnered Trump’s nod win all 32 of their races.

Democrats continue to HEMORRHAGE SUPPORT!

Democrats are absolutely DESPERATE because they’re in a freefall as a party as they continue to HEMORRHAGE SUPPORT!

Eric Swalwell asserts Republicans ‘want to ban interracial marriage’ after abortion

Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images
Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

A Democratic lawmaker has accused Republicans of wanting to ban interracial marriage after a report said the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade and return the abortion issue to the states.

“The Republicans won’t stop with banning abortion. They want to ban interracial marriage,” California Congressman Eric Swalwell tweeted just after midnight on Tuesday. “Do you want to save that? Well, then you should probably vote.”

Voters should expect increasingly heated campaign rhetoric as the election draws near, such as Swalwell’s baseless claim that Republicans want to ban interracial marriage.

If Roe is overturned, the abortion issue would be returned to the states, where elected representatives will once again have the power to restrict or expand abortion access based on the will of voters.

World News:

It’s For Your Health: Woman Who Died in 2004 Fined for Not Getting Jabbed

Francesca Volpi/Getty Images
Francesca Volpi/Getty Images

Maria Sedda, the woman who received the sanction from Italian authorities for being unvaccinated, disappeared in 2004 aged 37, but the fact she is legally dead did not stop the Sardinian municipality of Lula from sending a €100 (£84/$105) fine to her in the mail.

Relatives of Ms Sedda have been forced to turn to a lawyer to help them tackle the bureaucratic error and, according to a report from the newspaper Il Giornale, they will likely have to produce a death certificate to have the fine waived.

The fine, which came by registered mail, arrived in early March and was just one of the thousands of letters sent out by the Italian revenue agency to those not registered as being vaccinated since the policy was enacted earlier this year.

A report in March noted at least 600,000 people were set to receive the initial fines for being unvaccinated, far below previous estimates that as many as 1.8 million Italians were at risk of receiving a fine.

Israel celebrates its 74th Independence Day; PM Bennett warns Iran – TV7 Israel News 04.05.22

1) Israel kicked-off its 74th Independence day celebrations this evening with its annual touch-lighting ceremony at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl.

2) Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warns Israel against taking either direct or indirect action against the Jewish State – vowing to respond with force.

3) Russia’s Foreign Ministry accuses the current Israeli government of supporting (what it terms to be) “the neo-Nazi regime” in Kyiv.

Image appears to show bodies of Russian soldiers arranged in letter ‘Z’ after Ukraine recaptures village

The bodies of unidentified men, believed to be Russian soldiers, arranged in a Z, a symbol of the Russian invasion, lie near a village recently retaken by Ukrainian forces on the outskirts of Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Monday, May 2.
The bodies of unidentified men, believed to be Russian soldiers, arranged in a Z, a symbol of the Russian invasion, lie near a village recently retaken by Ukrainian forces on the outskirts of Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Monday, May 2.

The photo was taken Monday outside the city of Kharkiv and shows four corpses lined up to form the letter that has become a sign of support for Russia’s military and its invasion of Ukraine. 

The Associated Press described the area where its photographer took the image as having “the feel of an open-air morgue, where the dead lie unclaimed and unexplained, sometimes for weeks on end, as Ukrainian and Russian forces fight for control of slivers of land.” 

The bodies in the image have not been identified, but are believed to be Russian troops, the AP reported. 

Ukraine says it is ‘ready’ as Belarus suddenly announces military exercises to test combat readiness

Russian and Belarusian armed forces take part in a military drill in Gomel, Belarus on Feb. 19.
Russian and Belarusian armed forces take part in a military drill in Gomel, Belarus on Feb. 19.

The Belarusian Defense Ministry said the exercises that began Wednesday would also be used to assess their military’s ability to operate on “unknown terrain in a rapidly changing situation.” 

“We do not rule out that the Russian Federation could at some point use the territory of Belarus, the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus, against Ukraine,” said Andriy Demchenko, spokesperson for Ukraine’s State Border Service, according to Reuters

“Therefore, we are ready,” he vowed, reportedly adding that Ukraine has strengthened its border with Belarus since the invasion began on Feb. 24. 

Russia held joint military exercises with Belarus prior to its ongoing war in Ukraine. 

HEARTBREAKING VIDEO: Starving Elderly Man in Shanghai Weeps When Given Food

(Screencap via Twitter.)
(Screencap via Twitter.)

There’s just so much wrong in this video (posted just below), starting with the fact that the tree-line boulevard is almost bereft of traffic during daylight hours. There’s the old man, the truck, and very little else happening in the nearly two-minute clip.

Just days after the story went live, we started to learn just how bad the situation had gotten in Shanghai:

Record numbers of Shanghai residents have tested positive for COVID in recent weeks. To be clear, they’ve been forcibly tested by strongman Xi Jinping’s regime.

Virtually all of those testing positive are asymptomatic.

People outside China’s high-risk groups aren’t dying. They don’t even feel sick.

Nevertheless, the lockdown grinds on as Xi attempts the impossible with his zero COVID fever.

Some residents, broke and increasingly hungry, are making the last desperate act of defiance.

They’re throwing themselves out of their high-rise apartments.

Finland’s “hate speech” prosecutor appeals against ruling that lawmaker’s Bible quote tweets are free speech

In a tweet to the leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Räsänen posted a passage from Romans (1:24-27) saying:

“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”

Räsänen was accused of criticizing Finland’s state church hosting an LGBT event and writing a booklet titled “Male and Female He Created Them.”

The Prosecutor General also sued the Lutheran bishop that published the booklet.

Commentary/Opinion:

MULES AND DONKEYS Dinesh D’Souza Podcast Ep324

In this episode, Dinesh explains the distinction, and the close relationship, between mules and donkeys.  Dinesh reveals how geotracking carried out by True the Vote might have helped solve two murders. 

Dinesh makes the members of the January 6 Commission an offer they can’t refuse. 

Dinesh examines a Muslim scholar’s book arguing for the compatibility of Islam and political freedom.

ICYMI, Nuclear war is hazardous to you’re health.

Russia kept telling us it was going into Ukraine. No one did anything to stop them or take them at their word till after they moved.

Russia keeps telling us that they are serious about going nuclear. Still the world “leaders” ignores them. They have no worries. They can get to bunkers. America is pumping BILLIONS of military aid into Ukraine while ignoring her own problems and people.

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