Thursday, January 21, 2021

Antifa Demonstrators Riot In Portland, Seattle, Columbus, Sacramento, And Denver Hours After Biden Took Office

 


 * Police in Portland, Oregon, made arrests after Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters was vandalized 
 * Antifa members spray-painted 'F*** Biden' and smashed windows of Democratic Party headquarters   * In Denver, communist and anti-fascist demonstrators set fire to an American flag near State Capitol 
 * In Seattle, groups of Antifa rioters vandalized storefronts and businesses in downtown area on Wednesday 
 * Police in Seattle said that Antifa members smashed windows at the federal Nakamura Courthouse
 * Reports indicate that some 60 Antifa members wielded clubs during march in Sacramento on 
Wednesday 

Antifa demonstrators smashed the windows of the Democratic Party headquarters in Portland, Oregon; burned American flags and spray-painted graffiti onto storefronts in Denver and Seattle; marched in Columbus, Ohio; and wielded shields and clubs while protesting in Sacramento hours after President Joe Biden's inauguration. 

A group of protesters carrying anti-Biden and anti-police signs were marching Wednesday in Portland streets and damaged the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Oregon, police said. 

One of the signs read 'We don’t want Biden, we want revenge!' in response to 'police murders' and 'imperialist wars.' 


WNU Editor: These riots are embarrassing the media and the Democrats. After spinning the narrative for a week that "right wing" extremists will cause mayhem and chaos for the incoming Biden administration on inauguration day, we see the opposite happening. 

Here is a prediction.

If these Antifa and BLM riots continue, the White House will read the "riot act" to these Democrat mayors and Governors that if they do not stop this mayhem, the Federal government will.

President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 Team Led By Dr. Fauci Are Stunned By Virus Surge. Now Blaming The Trump COVID Team (Also Led By Dr. Fauci) For Keeping Them In The Dark

 


(Bloomberg) -- President Joe Biden’s team is increasingly worried the coronavirus pandemic is spiraling out of control -- imperiling his promise to contain the outbreak -- as cases and deaths mount, vaccinations lag and a more-transmissible strain emerges in the U.S., according to people familiar with the matter. 

As they learned more about the federal response to the pandemic, Biden’s transition team grew alarmed at a lack of coordination with states, the people said. Biden himself has warned of a “dark winter” and has flatly said the pandemic will worsen before it improves. 

The stakes are escalating. U.S. hospitalizations are at near-record levels, and daily cases and deaths have doubled since Election Day on Nov. 3. 

While blame has fallen on the Trump administration for its failure to develop a national testing or vaccination strategy or encourage widespread mask-wearing, Biden’s team -- which keeps adding new experts -- now inherits the job of containing the pandemic. 

Read more .... 


WNU Editor: Anyone who has been following this blog for the past year know that the surge of cases and the development of new variants is not a surprise. We are in a pandemic, and by its nature certain pandemics like this one are deadly and next to impossible to control and defeat. But with time and vaccines it will be conquered. But before that happens what we are seeing right now from President Joe Biden’s team is classic CYA (cover your ass). And here is an easy prediction. If this really gets out of control with infections and deaths exploding. They and their media supporters will blame Trump.

Update: Yup. The excuses are starting on Day One!!!!! (see below).

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

CIA Whistleblower Says Biden’s Nominee For Director Of National Intelligence Approved Obama Drone Strike Kill List And Hid Torture



Avril Haines, Biden’s nominee for director of national intelligence, began her confirmation hearing Tuesday. She was President Obama’s top lawyer on the National Security Council from 2010 to 2013 and CIA deputy director from 2013 to 2015, where she authorized using drone strikes to carry out targeted extrajudicial assassinations. “We know that in almost all cases that she said it was legal to put these names on the kill list, and people were subsequently killed by drone, including American citizens,” says CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who exposed the Bush-era torture program and was the only official jailed in connection to it. He also discusses Haines’s handling of CIA agents who illegally hacked the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee to thwart its investigation into the CIA’s detention and interrogation program that used torture methods like waterboarding. 

Read more .... 

WNU Editor: Avril Haines will still be confirmed.

Update: She has been confirmed .... Joe Biden gets his first cabinet secretary as Senate confirms Avril Haines for Director of National Intelligence but delays two other key posts (Daily Mal).

Former CIA Director John Brennan Wants The Intel Agencies To Go After Violent And Extremist Groups That Also Includes Libertarians!

Zero Hedge: "Even Libertarians": John Brennan Issues 'List' Of Ideologies Biden Intel Community Should Go After 

Well this is alarming and ominous to say the least... Former CIA Director John Brennan told MSNBC in an interview on inauguration day that the intelligence community under newly sworn in President Biden is "moving in laser-like fashion" to try and uncover dangerous plots against the country. 

Naturally, there's been much of this worrisome commentary about what political ideologies should be targeted and monitored coming out of NatSec hawks in the wake of the Capitol Hill mayhem of January 6. But this is the first time such a broad array of groups have been so bluntly lumped into a Pro-Trump "insurgency" by an influential media pundit and former spook. Brennan expressly said they are "violent" and remain a domestic threat. 

Read more .... 

WNU Editor: Former CIA Director John Brennan is "tight" with the intel community and with many in the Biden administration. His remarks are alarming and ominous to say the least. Will the Biden administration distance themselves from the former CIA Director? I have my doubts. 

Update: Nothing but praise from the former CIA Director on President Biden's choice for CIA Director .... 'A great pick': Top spies praise Biden choice of Amb. William Burns to head CIA (NBC).

French President Macron Wants President Biden To Deploy U.S. Military Forces In Several Theaters Of Conflict

France's Macron congratulates Biden in first phone call to US president-elect 


BREST, France — French President Emmanuel Macron hoped on Tuesday that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will show a greater military commitment to fight against Islamic extremists in several theaters of conflict and especially in the Middle East. 

Macron, who made his New Year’s speech to the French military in Brest, in western France, said “I am certain that in the coming weeks, the new administration (Biden) will need to make key decisions that will mark a greater commitment and awareness in the fight against terrorism" in Syria and Iraq.


WNU Editor: Besides Syria and Iraq, French President Macron wants the US to get involved in this war .... 'France stuck in dead end war in Mali' (Anadolu Agency). President Trump told French President Macron that the U.S. was not going to get involved in foreign wars, and that US forces will leave Syria and Iraq. Will the Biden administration say the same thing? By the looks of it French President Macron is confident that the Biden administration will say yes.

Who Was The Designated Survivor For The Inauguration?

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States as his wife Jill Biden holds a Bible on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque 


The Trump administration did not reveal the "designated survivor" for Wednesday's inauguration ceremony, and it remains unclear whether the White House named one. 

During major events, such as the State of the Union address or inauguration, the nation's top leaders in the presidential line of succession are gathered in one place, putting them -- and the nation -- at risk. 

One person, usually a Cabinet member or senator, is placed in an undisclosed location with one of the country's nuclear "footballs" -- the briefcase carrying the technology to launch the nation's nuclear arsenal, according to John Hudak, deputy director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. 


WNU Editor: I would think it would be President Trump since he was not at the inauguration. And he did have the nuclear football.

The Transition In The Pentagon Was Apparently 'Ugly'

Photo: The Pentagon briefing room is shown. DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando 


The effort to obstruct the Biden team is unprecedented in modern presidential transitions and will hobble the new administration on key national security matters. 

The Pentagon blocked members of President Joe Biden’s incoming administration from gaining access to critical information about current operations, including the troop drawdown in Afghanistan, upcoming special operations missions in Africa and the Covid-19 vaccine distribution program, according to new details provided by transition and defense officials. 

The effort to obstruct the Biden team, led by senior White House appointees at the Pentagon, is unprecedented in modern presidential transitions and will hobble the new administration on key national security matters as it takes over positions in the Defense Department on Wednesday, the officials said. 


WNU Editor: This sounds more like payback. And it is not unprecedented as much as the above Politico post likes to claim. During President Trump's transition his own National Security adviser Michael Flynn was successfully targeted by Obama loyalists in a perjury trap. National security information was also withheld over fears that President-elect Trump would accidentally or purposely reveal them. And need I remind everyone about all the intelligence leaks that were also occurring during this time to disrupt and distract the Trump transition.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 20, 2021

 


US President-elect Joe Biden is set to issue a flurry of executive orders following his inauguration at noon on Wednesday as well as legislation that will quickly begin working its way through Congress on pandemic relief, immigration and much more. 

Biden, 78, has vowed to hit the ground running as he aims to tackle a worsening Covid-19 crisis, revive a pandemic-stricken economy and reverse many of his predecessor's more controversial policies. 


 Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 20, 2021 

Inaugural Address: What Joe Biden Really Wants -- Jacob Heilbrunn, National Interest 


The Old Order Returns -- Ben Domenech, The Federalist 





The Year of the Renminbi? -- Arvind Subramanian and Josh Fellman, Project Syndicate 


Russia's Putin and Navalny collide; who will survive? -- Paul Roderick Gregory, The Hill 




World News Briefs -- January 20, 2021 (Night Edition)

 


(UPI) -- Heads of state from across the globe gave their well-wishes to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday after they were sworn in at the U.S. Capitol. Boris Johnson, the prime minister of Britain, one of the United States' closest allies, congratulated Biden and Harris on Twitter. 

"America's leadership is vital on the issues that matter to us all, from climate change to COVID, and I look forward to working with President Biden," he wrote. 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the strong relationship between the two North American countries. He said he looks forward to working with Biden and Harris. 

Read more .... 

 MIDDLE EAST 







Saudi Arabia executions: 'Drastic' reduction reported in 2020. 

 ASIA 











 AFRICA 








Zimbabwe Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo dies of COVID-19. 

As Zimbabwe’s COVID cases surge, gravediggers struggle to cope. 

 EUROPE 









 AMERICAS 






Trump heads for Florida, says he 'will be back in some form'. 



 TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR 




 ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS 




Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 20, 2021

© AP Photo / Mark Wright//Missile Defense Agency 


WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden plans to engage with Russia "very quickly" regarding extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said during his confirmation hearing.  
"This is something that we have to tackle but only when President-elect becomes President tomorrow. But it is also something that we have to engage very, very quickly because the deadline is very fast upon us," Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday. 

"We will seek the extension, the President-elect has to decide on a duration." 

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 Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 20, 2021 




















What Biden Should Do With the Space Force -- Kelsey D. Atherton, Slate 











The U.S. Air Force's 2nd B-21 Bomber Is Under Construction

An artist's rendering of the B-21 bomber at Dyess Air Force Base. Northrop Grumman/US Air Force


 * A second B-21 Raider bomber is under construction at Northrop Grumman's facility in Palmdale, California, while the first one slowly takes shape ahead of its expected roll-out in early 2022. 
 * The lessons learned from the construction of the first B-21 Raider are being used to improve the second one, which will be used for structural testing. 

A second B-21 Raider bomber is under construction at Northrop Grumman's facility at the United States Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California, while the first one slowly takes shape ahead of its expected roll-out in early 2022. 

This program update was provided by Randall Walden, director of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, during a recent interview with Air Force Magazine. 

Read more .... 

WNU Editor: The first flight of the B-21 Raider stealth bomber is expected in mid-2022 .... B-21 Raider stealth bomber to fly in 2022, Air Force says (UPI).

President Biden Says Former President Trump Wrote Him A Very Generous Letter

U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, after his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner 

WNU Editor: From Reuters .... President Biden says Trump wrote him a very generous letter (Reuters). 

It is customary for a former President to leave a letter in the desk of the Oval Office for the incoming new President.

Is The Biden Administration About to Launch A 'Domestic War On Terror'

A National Guard member patrols around the U.S. Capitol building, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Allison Shelley 


No speculation is needed. Those who wield power are demanding it. The only question is how much opposition they will encounter. 

The last two weeks have ushered in a wave of new domestic police powers and rhetoric in the name of fighting “terrorism” that are carbon copies of many of the worst excesses of the first War on Terror that began nearly twenty years ago. This trend shows no sign of receding as we move farther from the January 6 Capitol riot. The opposite is true: it is intensifying. 

We have witnessed an orgy of censorship from Silicon Valley monopolies with calls for far more aggressive speech policing, a visibly militarized Washington, D.C. featuring a non-ironically named “Green Zone,” vows from the incoming president and his key allies for a new anti-domestic terrorism bill, and frequent accusations of “sedition,” “treason,” and “terrorism” against members of Congress and citizens. This is all driven by a radical expansion of the meaning of “incitement to violence.” It is accompanied by viral-on-social-media pleas that one work with the FBI to turn in one’s fellow citizens (See Something, Say Something!) and demands for a new system of domestic surveillance.

Read more .... 

WNU Editor: President Biden did vow to defeat "political extremism, white supremacy, and domestic terrorism" in his inauguration speech today .... Biden vowed to defeat domestic terrorism. The how is the hard part. (Politico). And this is who President Biden thinks is a terrorist .... Biden decries Trump mob: 'Don't call them protesters. They were domestic terrorists' (The Guardian). 

I am already seeing widespread censorship and de-platforming on social media. And with supporters of  the Biden administration now launching frequent accusations of “sedition,” “treason,” and “terrorism” against members of Congress and citizens .... the push to eliminate liberties and punish those who practice free speech that runs contrary to what is the dogma of the left is only going to intensify. 

Afer A 36 Year Career CIA Director Gina Haspel Announces Resignation Before Biden Inauguration

Forbes: CIA Director Gina Haspel Announces Resignation 

CIA Director Gina Haspel, who has had an increasingly strained relationship with President Trump during the final year of his administration, announced Tuesday that she is leaving the agency. 

“It has been the greatest honor of my life to lead this remarkable organization,” Haspel wrote in a statement shared by the CIA on Twitter. 

Haspel did not articulate the reason for her departure, which comes on the last full day of Trump’s presidency, though Axios reported last week that she had threatened to resign in early December when Trump sought to install loyalist and former Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) aide Kash Patel as her deputy in hopes of pushing Haspel out the agency.



WNU Editor: She was hoping that she would be spared like FBI Director Wray from the incoming Biden administration. She betted wrong.

The Babylon Bee's Take On The Inauguration Of Joe Biden

Babylon Bee: 11 Flags Planted Along National Mall To Represent Average Biden Rally Attendance

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a moving display of support for incoming president Joe Biden, eleven flags were planted in the National Mall to represent the average number of supporters he was able to round up for a rally during his campaign. 

The spectacle made a powerful statement to the nation, showing everybody just how amazingly popular and beloved our new president is. 

Read more .... 

WNU Editor: I think it was in January last year, or earlier, and there was a local news report on Joe Biden showing up at a campaign event in a small hall trying to gather support during the primaries. 

It was a small hall, and besides a few media people, the only two people who showed up were a mother and her 12 year old son. She brought him there to show him what politics looks like. Joe Biden paid attention to them, and thanked them for showing up. 

I have been thinking about that event since Joe Biden's victory in November. 

There is no connection between him and the public, but that was not necessary for him to win. 

And for that mom and son. Who were the only ones who made the effort to see him. They now have pictures and videos that political junkies would now kill to have.

Hat tip James.

Here’s Who Will Be Running The Pentagon When Biden Takes Office

Defense One: Here’s Who Will Be Running the Pentagon When Biden Takes Office 

Dozens named in the most comprehensive roster published to date of who will be running DOD when the president-elect is sworn in. 

There’s a new team in the E-ring starting on Wednesday, newly detailed by close-hold Pentagon planning documents reviewed by Defense One. 

While news organizations have reported a number of these officials as being considered or expected to be Biden’s pick for the job, this is the most comprehensive list of who will be running the Pentagon when the president-elect is sworn in on Wednesday. 

Because President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office on Wednesday without any of his chosen Pentagon officials confirmed by the Senate, his transition team has designated a slate of interim officials to fill those posts to ensure continuity of governance at the helm of the nation’s military. 

A handful of these officials are holdovers from the Trump administration, but the vast majority are career officials. 

Read more ....

WNU Editor: Basically it is .... "goodbye to the old boss, hello to the new boss".

How Many People Attended President Biden's Inauguration?

WNU Editor: About 2,000 invited guests. A few hundred media. And about 25,000+ National Guard, FBI, Secret Service, Capital Police, and other security forces.

Live Coverage Of Joe Biden's Inauguration


WNU Editor: Just some impressions.

This was a strange inauguration. 

The media is avoiding general shots on how empty the place is, but when they did the lack of people is striking. And as for the ones who are there .... all the familiar Washington faces. 

The media loves what is happening. 

The participants at the inauguration definitely are overjoyed. 

President Biden's speech was short and there were no surprises. 

President Biden talks the need for unity, but I sense no unity in his body language.

And the applause. It was tepid at best.

I also sense a certain uneasiness from today's crowd at the inauguration. They certainly do not have a bond with the American people, and definitely not to the extent that Trump has with his supporters and base.

It is going to be an interesting 4 years, and for me it is going to be a joy to cover it. I am definitely eager and up for the job.

Of course there is a chance that I may get de-platformed and banished. But we shall see.

Will Former President Trump Start A New Political Party?

Donald Trump has discussed setting up his own political party in recent days, a new WSJ report says.


 * The outgoing president is said to have spoken with aides about the idea, The Wall Street Journal first reported 
 * It is not known how serious he is in going ahead with the party, which would take a lot of time and money 
 * Trump on Tuesday vowed to be a continued presence in D.C., noting his 'movement' is 'only just beginning' 
 * But his vow to stay a force in politics could cause some Republicans to squirm; Trump divided Republicans among those who supported his isolationist agenda and those who disliked his harsh rhetoric 
 * Many Republicans want to see him fade quietly away but others fear his supporters - 74 million cast their ballot for Trump in November - could be an influence in the party's primaries for years to come 
 * Mitch McConnell said Tuesday Trump 'provoked' the crowd who stormed the Capitol two weeks ago  
Donald Trump has reportedly discussed forming a new political party called the Patriot Party after telling supporters the 'movement we started is just beginning' in his farewell address to the nation. 

The outgoing president is said to have spoken with aides about the idea, The Wall Street Journal first reported. 

It is not known how serious he is in going ahead with the idea. Trump on Tuesday vowed to be a continued presence on the political stage, noting his 'movement' is 'only just beginning. 

'Now, as I prepare to hand power over to a new administration at Noon on Wednesday, I want you to know that the movement we started is only just beginning,' he said. 

Read more .... 


WNU Editor: It is not going to happen. I know Progressives/Democrats are hoping that such a party will be formed, but aside from an anonymous source to the WSJ, I see no evidence of this happening.

25 Top Accomplishments Of President Donald J. Trump

Sheryl Attkisson: 25 Top Accomplishments of President Donald J. Trump 

Daily -- if not hourly -- for four years, the media, analysts, political figures, operatives, and ordinary folk spoke out against President Trump and what they believe President Trump he has done wrong. In the eyes of many, it is quite literally: everything. 

As Trump finishes his term in office, it's easy to find negative, harsh assessments of virtually every facet of his policies and actions. The Atlantic, CNN and PBS are among those who have declared Trump to be the “worst president in history.” This side of the story has been well covered. 

There are also lists of "how Trump could be prosecuted," and nearly every media outlet has its own list of "Trump lies." Click the links within this graph to read more about all of that. 

As we know, roughly half of the country feels differently, but their voices are not as well-represented on the news and the Internet. Most media outlets cannot seem to bear to publish anything that is not one-sided and negative about Trump and his term. This begs for a bit of balance, even if it's dwarfed by the counter-narrative. 

Built after consulting a variety of experts on the economy, national security, foreign policy and domestic issues, here is a short list that reflects “the other side” of the Trump presidency; one that is not so easy to find within today’s managed information landscape. 

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WNU Editor: Here is the White House's list of accomplishments .... Trump Administration Accomplishments (White House). 

Any bets on how long this post will be up at WhiteHouse.gov

These Are The 17 Executive Actions On Border, Climate, Immigration That President Biden Will Issue On Day One

CNN: Biden targets Trump's legacy with first-day executive actions 

(CNN)President-elect Joe Biden plans to take 17 executive actions during his first hours in office Wednesday, moving faster and more aggressively to dismantle his predecessor's legacy than any other modern president. 

Biden will sign a flurry of executive orders, memoranda and directives to agencies, making his first moves to address the coronavirus pandemic and undo some of Donald Trump's signature policies. With the stroke of a pen, he'll halt construction of Trump's border wall, reverse his travel ban targeting largely Muslim countries, and embrace progressive policies on the environment and diversity that Trump spent four years blocking. 

Read more .... 

WNU Editor: And off we go.

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of Defense Blasts Expensive Programs

Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller speaks to reporters on a government aircraft en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 14, 2021 DOD PHOTO BY LISA FERDINANDO 


DOD’s biggest challenge is overcoming the “mindset of the Cold War” 

Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, who came into the job on Dec. 9 just after the firing of former secretary Mark Esper, already “cannot wait to leave this job.” Miller, a tall, plain-spoken person who previously served as director of the Counterterrorism Center, is fond of colorful, extemporaneous language and freewheeling engagements with troops. He is not fond of the way the Defense Department buys things and he doesn’t mind saying so. 

Asked about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, Miller recounted a conversation he had with a pilot. “I said, ‘What are you flying?’ [He] said ‘F-35.’ I was like, ‘That’s a piece of....’” Miller said the pilot went on to describe the F-35 as an “unbelievable aircraft,” as have other pilots who have flown it. 

Miller, however, sees the F-35 as an example of what’s wrong with the way the Pentagon buys things — and indeed of DOD’s biggest challenge. 

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WNU Editor: Will President-elect Biden's Secretary of Defense nominee address the issues that outgoing Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller is pointing out in the above post? I doubt it. In the meantime, the incoming Biden administration have refused a transitional office for Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller's .... Biden transition team denies outgoing acting defense secretary transitional office space (CNN).

Israel Warns That A Single Covid Vaccine 'Less Effective Than We Thought'

An Israeli medical worker prepares a dose of Covid-19 vaccine in Tel Aviv on 17 January. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex 


Surge in infections dampens optimism over country’s advanced immunisation programme 

Israel’s coronavirus tsar has warned that a single dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine may be providing less protection than originally hoped, as the country reported a record 10,000 new Covid infections on Monday. 

In remarks reported by Army Radio, Nachman Ash said a single dose appeared “less effective than we had thought”, and also lower than Pfizer had suggested. 

By contrast, those who had received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine had a six- to 12-fold increase in antibodies, according to data released by Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer on Monday. 

Read more .... 


WNU Editor: This is concerning. Many jurisdictions around the world are implementing a one shot program, including the province of Quebec, Canada, where I live. Bottom line. If this data from Israel is accurate, it tells me that the vaccine should be administered according to the recommended manufacturer protocols .... i.e. a second dose is administered a few weeks after the first one.

He Is Gone (Maybe?)

U.S. Presidents And Their Wars

WNU Editor: It has been quite sight to see TV political pundits this morning trying to explain President Trump's success in not starting and/or escalating a war.

Trump Has A +3 Approval Rating In Latest Rasmussen Poll. All Others Say The Opposite. Who Is Right?

WNU Editor: In this post from last week I explained why Rasmussen is right, and the other polls have been engineered to show these results .... Is President Trump's Approval Rating Cratering In His Final Days? My Analysis Of The Polls Says No (January 13, 2021). 

21% Of Americans Say The U.S. Is Heading In The Right Direction

WNU Editor: From Rasmussen .... 

.... Twenty-one percent (21%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey for the week ending January 14, 2021. 

This week’s finding is down two points from a week ago. It is the lowest number since President Trump was elected. This week's number is the lowest since the week of July 10-14, 2016, when just 21% said the country was heading in the right direction. (21% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction). 

The pandemic is still raging. There is massive unemployment and business failures due to forced lockdowns. How can anyone be optimistic. And to compound this situation. The incoming Biden administration is not instilling much confidence 

Biden Administration 'To Declassify Report' Into The Murder By The Saudi Government Of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

The Guardian: Biden administration 'to declassify report' into Khashoggi murder 

Decision would mean US could assign blame for death on to Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman 

The Biden administration will declassify an intelligence report into the murder by the Saudi government of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to Avril Haines, who has been nominated to serve as director of national intelligence. 

The decision means that the US is likely to officially assign blame for Khashoggi’s brutal murder to the kingdom’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Khashoggi, a Washington Post reporter. 


WNU Editor: Is this what Biden's nominee for US Secretary of State means when he says he wants to repair US alliances .... President-Elect Biden's Choice For Secretary Of State Blinken Vows To Revitalize Alliances, U.S. Leadership (January 19, 2020). 

 More News On Reports That The Biden Administration Will Declassify Its Report On The Murder Of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi 

Russian President Putin Marks Orthodox Epiphany By Dipping Into Freezing Waters

 


 * Vladimir Putin is seen immersing himself in icy water in a video released today 
 * It comes amid rumours regarding the state of the 68-year-old leader's health 
 * The ritual was to mark the Epiphany when Russian Orthodox Christians celebrate the baptism of Jesus Chris 

Vladimir Putin has defied rumours about the state of his health by taking a dip in icy waters near Moscow to mark the Orthodox Epiphany. 

The 68-year-old Russian president looked fit and healthy in tight blue swimming trunks as he dunked in a pool, repeatedly crossing himself, in footage released today. 

He was taking part in an annual ritual undertaken by millions of Russians at a time of year when the air temperature sits around -17C (1.4F). 


WNU Editor: I guess reports of his failing health were exaggerated. On a personal note. I did that once to mark Orthodox Epiphany when I was an athletic and fit 35 year old. Never again.

Tweets Of The Day

Picture Of The Day

Thousands of U.S. flags are seen at the National Mall, to represent the people who are unable to travel to Washington for the inauguration. REUTER/Carlos Barria 

WNU Editor: The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... Top Photos of the Day (Reuters).

President Trump Declassifies Documents On FBI's Russia Probe

President Trump on Tuesday declassified documents related to the FBI investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russia in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election 


 * Trump on Tuesday declassified documents related to FBI's Russia investigation 
 * Probe looked into whether Trump campaign colluded with Russia in 2016 
 * Investigation began when James Comey headed the FBI under Barack Obama 
 * After Trump fired Comey in 2017, Robert Mueller was named special counsel 
 * Mueller probe ultimately found no evidence of Trump-Russia conspiracy 
 * Trump has called Russia probe a 'witch hunt' aimed at discrediting presidency 

President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered the declassification of a binder of documents related to the FBI's Russia probe that led to a long investigation of his 2016 presidential campaign.

In one of his final acts in office, Trump, who has long wanted to prove Democrats sought to use the probe to oust him, said in a memorandum that some redactions have been made to the documents in order to allow their public disclosure. 

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WNU Editor: Not everything is being declassified. The FBI was successful in keeping major portions classified. 

 More News On President Trump Declassifying Documents On The FBI's Russia Probe