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August 13, 2022

Chief Iran Deal Negotiator: Iran Has Been ‘More Aggressive’ — Would Get Increased Assets and Revenue under Nuke Deal

During an interview aired on Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” U.S. Special Representative for Iran Robert Malley, the chief negotiator in talks on the Iran nuclear deal said that if a deal is reached,…

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R. Kelly to Face Federal Child Porn Trial in Chicago

Jury selection will begin on Monday in the federal child porn case against singer Robert Sylvester Kelly, who is better known by his stage name R. Kelly.

Kelly, 55, was convicted last month on charges of federal racketeering and sex- trafficking and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

In the second federal trial, he is facing charges of child porn and obstruction of justice based on complaints from several women who claim that he groomed them when they were minors.

According to court documents obtained by NBC News, at least two of the alleged victims are expected to testify during the trial.

Kelly also faced charges of child pornography in 2008, but was acquitted. The federal prosecutors allege that he committed obstruction of justice in that case, which included video footage of the singer sexually abusing a minor.

The singer’s former business manager Derrel McDavid and associate Milton “June” Brown are also facing charges and accused of conspiring to intimidate and bribe witnesses while covering up evidence in the previous trial.

Beau Brindley, an attorney for McDavid, said in a statement to NBC that he was just “doing his job.”

“It was his job to protect Robert Kelly’s image and his career. To do that, he hired some of the best lawyers in the United States,” Brindley said. “Those are the only people with whom Mr. McDavid entered into any agreements relevant to this case. Mr. McDavid and these lawyers did their job. They executed it with excellence. That was not a crime then. It is not a crime now. We look forward to Mr. McDavid’s exoneration.”

Kelly is facing additional federal and state charges in New York, Illinois and Minnesota.

In the case last month, Kelly was found guilty on nine counts relating to him setting up a criminal enterprise to recruit and traffick minors for sex.

“While the New York case, according to evidence and testimony presented in court, centered on racketeering charges and allegations that Kelly, his bodyguards, drivers, managers and others developed a decades-long scheme that resulted in the sexual abuse of young fans, the Illinois trial will focus on conduct during prior legal proceedings and video tapes allegedly made by Kelly that constituted child pornography,” the NBC report says.

Kelly has denied the allegations against him.

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28-Year-Old American National Reportedly Dies Suddenly in a Shopping Mall in Mérida, Mexico

Police in Merida. Inside a shopping center in Mérida, a person of foreign origin lost his life, this Sunday, August 7, 2022. Photo: AIM

A 28-year-old man was reported to have died suddenly inside a shopping mall that is located on the eastern side of Merida City, Mexico on August 7, according to the authorities.

According to the Yucatan Times, the unidentified young man was American.

the incident took place inside the commercial plaza “El Patio” (formerly known as “Plaza Sendero”), according to a report from local news outlet Diario de Yucatan

“An intense mobilization of security personnel and paramedics was recorded in a shopping center in the east side of Merida, due to the sudden death of a person who was apparently of foreign origin,” according to the outlet.

According to witnesses he suddenly fainted. The young man was sitting at a table in a restaurant known as Tacos City Café when he suddenly fainted and began to convulse.

The staff at the location quickly dialed the emergency services hotline.

“[Translated] In a matter of minutes, paramedics from the Ministry of Public Security (SSP) arrived at the place to assess the subject, and confirmed that he did not have vital signs,” the outlet reported.

“Agents of the police corporation cordoned off the area awaiting the staff of the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) for the development of the corresponding investigations, as well as the demarcation of responsibilities.

“The Forensic Medical Service (Semefo) carried out the removal of the body and, so far, the authorities have not reported the identity of the deceased person,” Diario de Yucatan reported.

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Energy Sec. Granholm When Asked What Bidenflation Bill will Do to Help Americans: Installing an EV Charging Station in Your Home will Get You a Tax Credit (VIDEO)

Joe Biden’s incompetent Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Sunday appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” to discuss the Bidenflation scam that just passed through both chambers of Congress.

The Democrats’ answer to record inflation: More spending!

More than 230 economists wrote letters to Congress warning that the ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ will make inflation worse.

“What, specifically, will [the Bidenflation Scam] do to lower costs for Americans right now?” CNN’s Brianna Keilar asked Granholm.

Granholm absurdly claimed that Americans living paycheck-to-paycheck will save money by installing an electric vehicle charging station in their home.

“If you install an electric vehicle charging station in your home, you can also get a tax credit!” Granholm said.

WATCH:

The House of Representatives on Friday passed the $740 billion Bidenflation scam bill which will raise taxes on the middle class and make inflation worse.

The Senate passed the ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ through budget reconciliation last week and Pelosi brought it to the House floor on Friday.

The House voted 220 to 207 on party line.

Not one Republican voted in favor of the bill.

The bill will allocate $369 million for ‘green energy’ – it’s actually just one big Marxist slush fund.

The bill will add 87,000 new IRS employees to harass and abuse working Americans and their political opponents.

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Brother of Marine Killed in Afghanistan Due to Biden’s Botched Withdrawal Commits Suicide at Memorial For Fallen Soldier

The older brother of a US Marine killed in the Kabul bombing last August due to Joe Biden’s botched withdrawal committed suicide at the memorial for the fallen soldier.

Recall, 13 US service members were killed and many more were wounded last August in a suicide blast in Kabul because of Joe Biden’s corruption and incompetence.

Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20, of Norco, CA, was one of the Marines killed in the suicide blast.

Kareem Nikoui’s brother committed suicide on August 9th – one year after his little brother was killed because of Joe Biden.

Please pray for Shana Chappell who is experiencing unimaginable grief after losing two of her sons in one year.

Heartbreaking: Shana Chappell, who lost her son LCpl. Kareem Nikoui in the attack during the Afghanistan evacuation last year, announced her son Dakota died this morning. Link to the GoFundMe she set up: https://t.co/bLWPpFgHty #SuicideAwareness pic.twitter.com/Koe5Vd1Qpo

— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) August 10, 2022

Fox News reported:

The brother of a young Marine killed during the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan reportedly died by suicide a year later during a recent memorial service for the fallen service member.

Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20, from Norco, California, was one of 13 American troops killed on Aug. 26, 2021, when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive outside the Kabul airport as crowds of Americans and Afghan allies sought to flee Taliban fighters taking over control of the capital city.

Nearly a year later, Nikoui’s older brother, 28-year-old Dakota Halverson, died on Aug. 9, a press release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department confirmed, though offering few details.

Rosas shared a link to a GoFundMe page, writing that “Shana Chappell, who lost her son LCpl. Kareem Nikoui in the attack during the Afghanistan evacuation last year, announced her son Dakota died.” Rosas’ tweet included the hashtag “#SuicideAwareness.”

“Dakota Halverson was a loving son, brother and friend,” Chappell wrote on GoFundMe. “Losing his brother nearly one year ago has proven too difficult to bear. Any donations for his burial and services would be greatly appreciated as he wanted to be buried next to his brother Kareem, who was killed August 26th, 2021, while serving his country. His family and I want to honor his wishes.”

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High Prices Pushing Californians to Shop for Necessities in Mexico: ‘You Gotta Take Care of Yourself’

How bad are things in one of the most liberal (and expensive) states in President Joe Biden’s America? Bad enough that, for some residents to properly fill their pantries, they have to shop outside of America.

On Thursday, NewsNation reported on a group of Californians who are regularly crossing the border at San Diego to the Mexican city of Tijuana.

They’re not going down there to party, however, or to traffic in illegal goods.

Instead, they’re going south of the border to shop — for cheaper groceries.

“Many Californians make the 20-minute journey every day from San Diego to the San Ysidro border, which leads directly to Tijuana, to bargain hunt,” NewsNation noted.

And some of these individuals are traveling a lot more than just 20 minutes. Take Gibran Jimenez, who traveled almost two hours to get to Tijuana.

“I gotta save as much as I can; every penny counts,” said the father of two, who has a pregnant wife.

It’s not just groceries. Gas is cheaper, too — something the Mexican president bragged about during a White House visit recently.

“Gas prices are going up like crazy and that’s what kills us, you know, the middle class,” Jimenez said.

Gas was $1.24 cheaper in Mexico than it is in California, which is the most expensive state in the nation to fill up in. The average price of a gallon of gas was $5.38 in California as of Thursday.

And if you think the savings on a gallon of gas are pretty amazing, look at what you can save on a gallon of milk. 

According to NewsNation, it costs half as much in Tijuana as it does in the United States. In addition, “a four-pack of toilet paper is nearly $4 cheaper and a 24-pack of Tylenol is also $1 less,” NewsNation reported.

“If you are on a budget, you gotta take care of yourself,” said David McCarty, who lives in Chula Vista, California, near San Diego.

He walked across the border with Maria McCarty — relationship unmentioned — to get street tacos and have their pets checked up.

For vendors and supermarkets in Tijuana, this has worked out pretty well — at the Mercado Hildago Market, they’ve seen an increase in American shoppers of between 20 and 30%.

There are stipulations, however, as NewsNation notes: “While it appears your money may go further in Mexico, be prepared to wait in long lines at checkout and at customs on your way back home,” they reported.

“However, everything can’t be purchased in Mexico and taken back across the border. Most fruits, including apples and oranges, will not be allowed through customs. Anyone breaking the rules or failing to disclose agricultural items could receive a $1,000 fine.”

You know things are bad when the mainstream media has to warn its viewers about what grocery items will and won’t be allowed through the border.

Not that you’d know that Americans are still suffering from the Biden administration’s response. July’s inflation number came in at 8.5 percent — a massive jump over last year.

And yet, the Biden administration was doing a victory lap, with White House communications director Kate Bedingfield telling CNN “that the inflation data in July was 0.0. So, we are seeing inflation decrease.”

The only decrease, of course, was from the year-over-year increase in June, which was 9.1 percent.

A year ago, an 8.5 percent number would be greeted with alarm. Now, we’re being told happy days are here again because the increase in the Consumer Price Index over last year is lower this month than it was last month — a deliberately dishonest reading of what it measures.

Of course, inflation is rampant in Mexico, as well — not quite as rampant as in the U.S., but it’s bad. Lots of factors go into cheaper prices south of the border.

But when legacy news sites are giving people tips on how to go to Mexico for cheaper necessities — and not just prescription drugs or dental care but staples like milk and gas — that’s a sign things have gone perilously sideways.

Granted, liberal California is always one of the most expensive states for groceries and gas, yet another sign the Democrats ruin every economy they touch. Don’t let anyone at the White House or on Capitol Hill tell you this is normal.

It isn’t, and the fault lies squarely with them.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Mailchimp Participates in Purge of Notable Users

The following article, Mailchimp Participates in Purge of Notable Users, was first published on Big League Politics.

Mailchimp, an email marketing service provider, has been suspending cryptocurrency content.  

Didi Rankovic of Reclaim the Net noted that “These deplatforming decisions are affecting individual creators and media.” Rankovic added that “apparent policy Mailchimp is implementing is not new.”

One of Mailchimp’s deplatform victims was Messari, “a leading provider of crypto market intelligence products.” In a tweet, Messari sarcastically thanked Mailchimp for deplatforming several prominent brands in the cryptocurrency space. 

Some of them included Edge, a cryptocurrency wallet, and Decrypt, a cryptocurrency news website. “You’re proving our point,” Selkis stated. “Mailchimp – and all speech censors – must be destroyed.”

Mailchimp has apparently suspended these accounts usually without providing prior warning and any explanation. Mailchimp’s behavior here is akin to Big Tech’s censoring and deplatforming of people who dare speak out of line.

NTF collection Cartoon Goonz founder Jesse Friendland revealed on Twitter that when he was deplatformed from Mailchip’s services earlier in August the email marketing provider emailed him stating that the company cannot let businesses use its platform if they are engaged in “the sale, transaction, trading, exchange, storage, marketing, or production of cryptocurrencies, virtual currencies, and any digital assets.”

There’s also significant speculation about the latest wave of censorship being connected to the US government’s recent move to Tornado Cash.

Paul Puey, the founder of Edge, believes that this is unlikely owing to the public and transparent nature of email that doesn’t make it a suitable vehicle for illegal activity. 

Instead, Puey believes that there is probably an influential figure working for Mailchimp who has an axe to grind with cryptocurrencies. Puey is of the view that Mailchimp’s deplatforming actions are “incredibly short sighted.”

Some of Mailchimp’s other victims are creators such as NFT artist Ocarina who revealed its ban from the email marketing provider’s services on August 1. In this instance, Mailchimp did provide an explanation for the move. Ocarina was informed that its content connected with “the (NTF) industry” butts heads with Mailchimp’s Acceptable Use Policy.

As of August 11, 2022, Mailchimp hasn’t responded to Decrypt’s inquiries thus far. When it was slapping bans on cryptocurrency accounts back in 2018, the company claimed that information about cryptocurrencies isn’t “necessarily” banned. However, it stressed that emails from those involved in “the production, sale, exchange, storage, or marketing of cryptocurrencies” are.

Public vs private partnership dichotomies are outdated in the present context we live in. Many private institutions will gladly carry out the powers that be’s agenda by censoring private companies and individuals. The cryptocurrency space clearly challenges the fiat money industrial complex, which makes it an easy target for the ruling class and its private sector lackeys.

As cryptocurrencies grow more prominent, we can only expect further action — both corporate and government — against this sector.

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GOP Rep. Fitzpatrick: FBI Raid ‘Unprecedented Action,’ Requires ‘Unprecedented Justification’

Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home is an “unprecedented action that needs to be supported by unprecedented justification.”

GOP Rep Turner: Donald Trump Is Not Above the Law, Neither Is AG Garland

Representative Mike Turner (R-OH) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Attorney General Merrick Garland was not above the law while discussing the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate.

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