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CNN's MJ Lee: Biden Was "Ticked Off" At My Question Over His Age, These Questions Aren't Going Away

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 17:31
CNN's White House correspondent MJ Lee recapped President Joe Biden's press conference about the special counsels finding on Biden's handling of classified documents: MJ LEE: Yeah. Anderson, this was President Biden that seemed pretty ticked off, to be honest with you. He was ticked off about the special counsel report and particularly coverage of it. He said even though there's language in there that says he did willfully retain some of these classified documents, he said there's also language that says contrary, and that coverage should reflect that. He mentions specifically one part of interview and the report where Robert Hurr asked about the death of his son and when that happened and he said, how dare he raise that? It's none of your business. He was also clearly ticked off about the questions that this report and all the memory issues that this report raises. All the questions that will get fueled even more about the concerns about his age, the concerns about his mental acuity, and he was pretty ticked off when I asked my question to him which was the fact that he has been saying for a while that people have raised concerns about his age, 'watch me.' Well, a lot of American people who have been watching are making clear that they have concerns about his age. They think he is too old. Why does it have to be him? When I asked that question, he said, you know, this is your opinion. This isn't anybody else's opinion. Public polling clearly suggests that this is a serious concern that a lot of people have. So, I took this as a president who clearly wanted to get out there, show this sort of fighting side to him. And we know in conversations that we've had with Biden advisers, people who know him really well. That they think he does well in setting when he's sort of shouting, sort of fighting back at questions. Fighting back at the concerns. So I wonder if there was sort of this opportunity that the white house saw to put him in that setting, take some of these difficult questions that they expected he would have. I know you were talking about this with your panel. The fact that in the very press conference where he was getting asked a lot of questions about his age, his memory issues. He made this important mistake. This notable mistake saying, the president of Mexico Sisi. That clearly didn't help his cause, but again, I think this was a president that want to use his own words to address everything that has happened today. This White House and this president, they know that these questions about age, his memory, his misspeaks, his missteps, they're not going away any time soon.

Kayleigh McEnany: Biden's Address an Unmitigated Disaster, We Just Watched A Wounded Political Animal

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 17:17
On FOX News, Kayleigh McEnany gave her analysis of President Biden's press conference and the political fallout from it: "We just saw an unmitigated disaster play out before our very eyes. We just watched a wounded political animal hobble to a podium and react with defensiveness, with anger, and you know its bad, Jesse, when you have the White House press corps. They are essentially an extension of the Joe Biden press and communications team. When they are shouting at him, asking repeatedly, are you going to step aside Mr. President. The CNN correspondent asking that. When NBC of all places rights the headline, a nightmare, special counsel report triggers panic among Democrats. When you have a president who for 45 minutes announces a press conference with no topic, giving the world 45 minutes to speculate is he stepping aside? What would life be like under a President Kamala Harris? For 45 minutes the nation got to feel that panic, and I don't think they will forget it come November."

CNN's Elie Honig: Biden's Presser Blew My Mind, He Lied About "Willfully" Retaining Docs & Sharing Them With Ghostwriter

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 17:09
CNN's senior legal analyst Elie Honig response to President Biden's press conference: "that's what blew my mind about Joe Biden's statement. Two major things he just outright contradicts or is contradicted by, however you look at this, this report. Two things he said that are completely the opposite of what Robert Hurr found. Who do you believe? It's up to the individual consumer. First Joe Biden says I did not act willfully. That means voluntarily, intentionally. The second sentence of the summary says, President Biden willfully retained classified materials. The facts in here showed it was willful, he knew, he talked about it. And he said i did not disclose classified documents to my ghost writer. Page three says that he did that. It says Mr. Biden shared information including some classified information from those notebooks with his ghost writer."

Open To Debate: Is U.S. Policy Toward China Productive?

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 15:11
Via Open To Debate -- The United States is cracking down on China in an attempt to create a more favorable balance of trade. Other concerns include continuing Chinese thefts of intellectual property and the imposition of technology transfer requirements to do business in China. The U.S. seeks to frustrate China's program to achieve dominance in a range of advanced technologies. And it wants to cripple Huawei, the telecoms giant, which it sees as a potential security threat. Both parties have instituted punitive tariffs, and both are feeling the impact. China is struggling to maintain its growth rate, yet is still projecting strength as a social, political, and economic leader on the world stage by building ports and bridges all over the world and developing military technology capable of denying the U.S. access to the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait. If successful, Beijing's ambitious projects and advanced AI and cyber weapons could put Washington on its heels. Are recent U.S. policies tough and focused enough to achieve key economic and strategic objectives? Or will U.S. policy escalate tensions too much, ultimately reducing the chances that the world's two major powers can achieve a sensible accommodation? FOR THE MOTION: - Michael Pillsbury - Senior Fellow & Director for Chinese Strategy, Hudson Institute - Kori Schake - Deputy Director-General, International Institute for Strategic Studies AGAINST THE MOTION: - Graham Allison - Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School - Jake Sullivan - Former National Security Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden

Jonathan Haidt: How Universities Lost The Trust Of America, "Academia And The Anxious Generation"

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 14:38
Jonathan Haidt, author of "The Coddling of the American Mind," speaks at UNC about dynamics that are reshaping discourse on university campuses, America's dwindling trust in higher education, and what academic institutions can do to regain society's confidence.

Joe Scarborough: Special Counsel Robert Hur's Gratuitous, Bad-Faith Attack On Joe Biden

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 14:20
MSNBC's "Morning Joe" reacts very negatively to special counsel Robert Hur's report declining to prosecute President Joe Biden for mishandling classified documents. "It certainly seems like a politically charged document," Scarborough said. "It used to be, pre-James Comey, you would either indict somebody or not indict somebody. But now in the political sphere... He didn't have any evidence." Related Video: FNC's David Spunt: Special Counsel Said Biden Couldn't Recall Basic Facts Like "When Term Began," "When Son Beau Died" Related Video: Biden Blasts Special Counsel Report: "How The Hell Dare He" Say I Don't Remember When Beau Died Scarborough blasts Hur's decision to comment on President Biden's mental state, calling him a "neurologist from Trump University." "So many people immediately heard thee random, irrelevant conclusions, politically-charged Trump-like ramblings. I wonder, why in the world he would put that in the report, his neurological assessment of Joe Biden? And secondly, why Merrick Garland would release garbage like that at the Justice Department," Scarborough said. "Because it sure sounds like James Comey in 2016 who couldn't indict Hillary Clinton legally so he decided to hold a press conference and indict her politically." "I'm a simple country lawyer and I know... the headline from this report should be Not Indicted," Scarborough roared. "Do you think this guy is so stupid and clueless that he didn't know by putting words in Donald Trump would love for him to put in there, it wasn't going to be the headline? So why in the world would the Justice Department allow that to be in there? It's gratuitous and bad faith."

CNN's Tapper vs. Fmr. Biden Campaign Manager: "This Memory Issue Is Already Out There"

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 13:53
CNN host Jake Tapper talks to former Biden White House communications director and 2020 campaign manager Kate Bedingfield. TAPPER: And we're back with our breaking news. President Joe Biden willfully retained classified information, according to a scathing report from special counsel Robert Hur, but the president will not face criminal charges. The report says prosecutors would not be able to prove they don't think that Biden intended to break the law, but the reason behind that is interesting. The report also contains a concerning assessment of President Biden's faculties and his memory. Investigators finding in his quote, memory was significantly limited in interviews they conducted. They concluded it would be difficult to get a jury to convict a, quote, sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory, unquote. This from the report: Biden did not remember when he was vice president, forgetting on the first day of the interview when his term ended, quote, if it was 2013, when did I stop being vice president? Unquote. And forgetting on the second day of the interview when his term began, quote, in 2009, am I still vice president, unquote. He did not remember even within several years the report says when his son, Beau died. It was May 2015. Though the White House and Biden's attorney objected to the description of the president's memory when he was interviewed about the documents, we should note. Let us bring in former Biden White House communications director Kate Bedingfield and CNN special correspondent Jamie Gangel. Kate, I'm sure you're excited to answer my questions on this, but -- KATE BEDINGFIELD, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: I'm always happy to answer your questions, Jake. TAPPER: I'm sure there are Democratic voters out there. We know polls at the already think that a majority of Democrats, not just voters in general, but Democrats are concerned President Biden is too old to be president. I'm sure some of them today are looking at these news reports and saying, this guy might've been a great president, but he should not be the nominee. What do you say to that? BEDINGFIELD: Well, look, I mean, there is some editor -- some editorializing in this report about Biden's memory, and I think if you think about what it takes to sit down for one of these interviews and asked to be -- asked to recall information, dates, specifics about things that happens seven, six, eight years early. TAPPER: To not know what year you're vice president? BEDINGFIELD: He's got a lot on his plate. He's working on a lot of different things. He as he himself said, this interviews happen the day after the attack in Israel, so he had been consumed with dealing with that. I think anybody sitting down for an interview like that where you're being asked specific dates over and over again, you're not going to remember every single one. So there's some editorializing in the report about his memory, but I think let's look at what the report actually says, which is, you know, this was a year-long investigation, 7 million documents, hundreds of witnesses, and no charges recommended. I mean, I think the special counsel here did probably the most detailed and involved investigation that you could do of this situation, looked for every opportunity to say that Joe Biden had acted in a way that deserve charges and didn't find that. So, the other clear thing that we see in this report is the distinction between Joe Biden's case and Donald Trump's case, where -- where you have -- you have the special counsel saying Donald Trump intentionally obstructed justice. Joe Biden said, take whatever you need, look at whatever you want. I'm a totally open book on this. And that's a huge, huge difference. TAPPER: Jamie, what are the White Houses options here? I mean, it seems to me like as a PR matter, as a legal matter, this is done. It's a W, but as a political and PR matter, this could be bad. But they're choosing just to emphasize the positive. JAMIE GANGEL, CNN SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT: I think it is bad. I don't think there's any in question about it. So look, it is true. Everything Kate said about his cooperating I covered the story from the beginning. They absolutely cooperated. You know, things are found in an office that had been locked up for years. Trump will try to say, look, you know, this was the same thing. But the fact that they didn't bring charges linked to these memory issues about his son, about when he was vice president, these are poignant things that people remember. I think it probably won't be long before some Biden's surrogates remind people that Donald Trump just confused Nikki Haley and Nancy Pelosi. TAPPER: Sure. GANGEL: So we have two elderly people running but I think this is bad news for the White House. TAPPER: So lets talk about that a little bit more because this is a particularly bad week for this report and its comments about President Biden's faculties and his memory to come out because twice this week, he has acted as if he, in 2021, spoke to European leaders who have been dead for years. Once he confused Francois Mitterrand, who died in 1996, with Emmanuel Macron, who is still very much alive and another time he was referring to Angela Merkel until recently, the chancellor of Germany, and referred to Helmut Kohl, who I think died in 2017. So this memory issue is already out there. BEDINGFIELD: But I want to know how many voters in Michigan, Wisconsin, you think know the difference between Kohl and Merkel. TAPPER: No, no, no, but, but they know somebody -- BEDINGFIELD: Or are going to cast their vote -- well, you asked, you asked. TAPPER: Sorry, okay. BEDINGFIELD: Or are going to cast their vote for president based on whether someone is naming Emmanuel Macron or Francois Mitterrand, whose name they probably don't even know. So, I think -- TAPPER: But it's not about them, it's about faculty and memory, and whether or not somebody they perceive is competent. You saw the poll in NBC News that had like Donald Trump is something like 48 percent perceived him to be competent, and like 32 percent perceived President Biden -- I'm not saying that that's accurate, but that's the perception. BEDINGFIELD: Well, right. And so, they're going to look at how is he doing the job? They're going to look at what is he gotten done. They're going to listen to what he's got to say as he's traveling, as he's campaigning over the next nine months, they're going to hear, as Jamie noted, they're going to hear Donald Trump out there saying, you know, Nikki Haley and Nancy Pelosi inverting their names, they're going to hear him saying all sorts of things that are shall we say a casual relationship with the truth? I mean, this is a campaign where you're going to have Donald Trump out spewing invective every day and talking about retribution. And people are going to make a decision about which person is going to be the best president for them, and is going to do things that's going to make their lives better. Not who can name Francois Mitterrand or Emmanuel Macron. TAPPER: All right.

Hannity to Haley: You Lost Iowa, NH & Nevada, What Is Your Path To The Nomination?

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 13:51
2024 GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley reacts to Special Counsel Robert Hur's report on President Biden's handling of classified documents and breaks down the state of her campaign on 'Hannity.' SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS: I know you hate the question but I've got to ask because it's very real. You go into Iowa, you came in third place. You go into New Hampshire, you lost by double digits. In Nevada, none of the above [won] basically at least in the primary. And you're not going to take part in the caucus tonight which I don't know why you didn't do that is there. And then we have the RealClearPolitics average. I'll put it up on the screen and your home state of South Carolina, Donald Trump is leading 60 to 29.3%. So my question is if you go to New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada happens, you lose your home state, even if you lost it by just double digits, not by 30 points, the question then becomes what is your path to get the delegate to get the nomination? Because at that point don't you think you have to win your home state? Don't you at some point, Ambassador, Governor, don't you at some point have to win something? I mean, you can talk about Iowa, you can talk about New Hampshire, can check off Nevada. South Carolina is a little hard to shake off when you were the governor there for two terms.

Doocy: Biden Press Conference Raises Questions Of Fitness For Office, Very Serious Questions

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 02:45
FOX News White House correspondent Peter Doocy reacted to President Biden's Thursday night press conference. DOOCY: I don't know how it is when you go out and about, but basically everywhere I go and somebody comes up to talk to me about White House coverage or Joe Biden, they're asking is he really going to be the nominee? Is he going to make it? Is he going to continue until election day? And if not, what happens? And we don't know what's going to happen. You see something like this, it does introduce questions about fitness for office. Very, very serious questions. We have heard generally that the process because ballot deadlines have passed that it will be Kamala Harris who ascends to the top of the ticket. Then who is the running mate? Or, we have seen in the past the way the Democratic convention works, can they weigh it with these weighted delegates and organize around somebody else that they want? We don't know. But when you see a report like this, despite the fiery performance from the president tonight, the questions remain about fitness for office for another five years. And it could be to the point that his big thing is as he says, I am not being charged. This is over. It may be a situation in the next couple months where they would have rather been charged and not had these graphic descriptions of issues with memory when his likely opponent in November, Donald Trump, does nothing but say that Joe Biden can't string two sentences together and doesn't know that he's alive.

Biden Snaps At Doocy: "My Memory Is So Bad I Let You Speak"

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 02:32
President Biden at a press event on Thursday:

Doocy: "How bad is your memory."

Biden: "My memory is so bad I let you speak." pic.twitter.com/Ds8R75HK9A

- Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 9, 2024

CNN Reporter to Biden: You Said Other Democrats Can Beat Trump, "So Why Does It Have To Be You Now?"

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 02:29
CNN White House correspondent MJ Lee at Biden's press conference on Thursday asked him why he is running for president when he said other qualified Democrats could beat former President Donald Trump MJ LEE, CNN: Mr. President, for months when you were asked about your age, you would respond with the words, watch me. Well, many American people have been watching and they have expressed concerns about your age. BIDEN: That is your judgment. That is your judgment. That is not the judgment of the press. LEE: They express concerns about your mental acuity. They say you are too old. Mr. President, in December you told me that you believed there are many other Democrats who could defeat Donald Trump. So why does it have to be you now? What is your answer? BIDEN: Because I'm the most qualified person in this country to be president of the United States and finish the job I started.

Victor Davis Hanson: There Are A Lot Of Reporters That Want To Say I've Always Believed Biden Had Mental Problems

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 02:20
Hoover Institution Fellow Victor Davis Hanson on Thursday told FOX News host Laura Ingraham that he does not believe reporters and journalists want to be the last people on the "Biden is competent" train and will soon start going on record that they have always believed he had mental issues. INGRAHAM: We even have a situation, Victor where Jake Tapper on CNN was pressing a former Biden administration official Kate Bedingfield about the president's memory lapses. I mean, again, there's -- it's -- it we mind me of how they treated Bidenomics, right? Or they didn't talk about the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal. If they pretend like it's not actually happening, then people will forget about it. People will forget that people were falling from plane wheel wells or people forget that they can't afford a house now, a mortgage. But the spin doesn't work. It falls apart. But that's all they thought they had was a PR problem. And if they treat this moment like it's a P.R. problem, Victor, where does this go? VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Well, I think they have jumped the proverbial shark. I think right now there is a lot of journalists who are saying I want to get out of dodge. I want to go on record that I've always said, I always believed he had mental problems or he was not -- and I think they are going to try to be the first to say I have integrity. I was unempirical. I'm disinterested because it's going to get worse and worse and they don't want to be the last person on the Biden is competent train. I think they want to get off. I expect just the opposite. I think a lot of people are going to say I knew this whole time I just couldn't say so. Because I think we are reaching a point where I don't see how he is going to be tenable when a federal special prosecutor appointed by his own attorney general says he is essentially unfit to be president of the United States. What do you do after that?

Biden's Mental Fitness, Will The Supremes Put Trump Back on the Ballot, and Funding for Ukraine Moves Forward

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 01:41
RealClearPolitics president and co-founder Tom Bevan and Washington bureau chief Carl Cannon join Andrew Walworth on today's RCP Takeaway podcast.

Biden: Israel's Response In Gaza "Over The Top"

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 01:41
President Biden talked about Israel in his address to the nation on Thursday: "I'm of the view, as you know, that the conduct of the response in Gaza, in the Gaza strip has been over the top. I think that, as you know, initially, the president of Mexico (editor's note: Biden meant Egypt) did not want to open up the gate to allow humanitarian material to get in. I talked to him. iIconvinced him to open the gate. I talked to Bibi [Netanyahu] to open the gate on the Israeli side. I've been pushing really hard, really hard to get humanitarian assistance into Gaza."

Biden Blasts Special Counsel Report: "How The Hell Dare He" Say I Don't Remember When Beau Died

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 00:42
President Biden said he was offended by "extraneous commentary" in the special counsel report declining to charge him for mishandling classified information. "There's even a reference that I don't remember when my son died. How in the hell dare he raise that? When I was asked the question I thought, "It wasn't any of their damn business!"" "How dare he... I don't need anyone to remind me when he passed away," President Biden said about the special counsel's report which said he could not recall when his son Beau died. "Frankly when I was asked the question I thought it was none of their damn business." "That is your judgment," he said when another reporter said some voters feel he is too old to continue being president. "I'm well-meaning, I'm an elderly man, and I know what the hell I'm doing," Biden said. "My memory is so bad I let you speak," he told FNC White House reporter Peter Doocy.

The special counsel report says that Biden did not remember even within several years when his son beau biden died. pic.twitter.com/phEnPyH4It

- Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) February 8, 2024

Putin Discusses Ukraine War, Nord Stream Pipeline, Future Relations With U.S. In Interview With Tucker Carlson

Thu, 02/08/2024 - 23:31
Tucker Carlson interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin this week about the war in Ukraine 00:00:00 / Introduction 00:02:00 / Putin gives a history of Russia & Ukraine 00:25:04 / NATO Expansion 00:30:40 / NATO & Bill Clinton 00:41:10 / Ukraine 00:48:30 / What triggered this conflict? 01:02:37 / A peaceful solution? 01:11:33 / Who blew up the Nord Stream pipelines? 01:24:13 / Re-establishing communication with the US 01:36:33 / How powerful is Zelensky? 01:48:36 / Elon Musk & AI 01:51:07 / Imprisoned American journalist Evan Gershkovich

JUST IN: Russian President Vladimir Putin suggests the CIA blew up the Nord Stream pipeline during his interview with Tucker Carlson.

Putin also said the United States is one of the biggest sources of propaganda in the world.

Tucker: "Who blew up Nord Stream?"

Putin: "You for… pic.twitter.com/Cr1VffsWu6

- Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) February 8, 2024 Tucker: Who blew up Nord Stream? Vladimir Putin: You for sure. Tucker: I was busy that day. I did not blow up Nord Stream. Thank you though. Vladimir Putin: You personally may have an alibi, but the CIA has no such alibi. Tucker: Did you have evidence that NATO or the CIA did it? Vladimir Putin: You know, I won't get into details, but people always say in such cases, look for someone who is interested. But in this case, we should not only look for someone who is interested, but also for someone who has capabilities, because there may be many people interested, but not all of them are capable of sinking to the bottom of the Baltic Sea and carrying out this explosion. These two components should be connected. Who is interested and who is capable of doing it?

Putin says Western media is just propaganda to benefit "American financial institutions":

"In the war of propaganda, it's very difficult to defeat the United States. The United States controls all the world's media and many European media." pic.twitter.com/cTMSIHOodO

- Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) February 8, 2024 Tucker: But I'm confused. I mean, that's the biggest act of industrial terrorism ever, and it's the largest emission of CO2 in history. Okay, so if you had evidence and presumably given your security services or Intel services, you would that NATO, the US, CIA, the West did this, why wouldn't you present it and win a propaganda victory? Vladimir Putin: In the war of propaganda, it is very difficult to defeat the United States because the United States controls all the world's media and many European media. The ultimate beneficiary of the biggest European media are American financial institutions. Don't you know that? So it is possible to get involved in this work, but it is cost prohibitive, so to speak. We can simply shine the spotlight on our sources of information and we will not achieve results. It is clear to the whole world what happened then. Even American analysts talk about it directly. It's true.

Tucker asks Putin about jailed WSJ journalist pic.twitter.com/SjPMutFJBP

- Tucker Carlson Network (@TCNetwork) February 8, 2024 Tucker: I appreciate all the time you've given us. I just gotta ask you one last question. And that's about someone who is very famous in the United States. Probably not here. Evan Gershkovich who's the Wall Street Journal reporter. He's 32. And he's been in prison for almost a year. This is a huge story in the United States. And I just want to ask you directly, without getting into the details of it or your version of what happened, if, as a sign of your decency, you would be willing to release him to us and we'll bring him back to the United States. Vladimir Putin: We have done so many gestures of goodwill out of decency that I think we have run out of them. We have never seen anyone reciprocate to us in a similar manner. However, in theory, we can say that we do not rule out that we can do that if our partners take reciprocal steps. When I talk about the partners, I first of all refer to special services. Special services are in contact with one another. They are talking about the matter in question. There is no taboo to settle this issue. We are willing to solve it but there are certain terms being discussed via special services channels. I believe an agreement can be reached. Tucker: So typically, I mean this stuff has happened for obviously centuries. One country catches another spy within its borders. It trades it for one of its own intel guys in another country. I think what makes and it's not my business, but what makes this different is the guy's obviously not a spy. He's a kid, and maybe he was breaking your law in some way, but he's not a super spy and everybody knows that. And he's being held hostage in exchange, which is true with respect. It's true. And everyone knows it's true. So maybe he's in a different category. Maybe it's not fair to ask for, you know, somebody else in exchange for letting him out. Maybe it degrades Russia to do that. Vladimir Putin: You know, you can give a different interpretations to what constitutes a spy. But there are certain things provided by law. If a person gets secret information and does that in conspiratorial manner, then this is qualified as espionage. And that is exactly what he was doing. He was receiving classified, confidential information, and he did it covertly. Maybe he did that out of carelessness or his own initiative. Considering the sheer fact that this is qualify this espionage. The fact has been proven as he was caught red handed when he was receiving this information. If it had been some farfetched excuse, some fabrication, something not proven, it would have been a different story then. But he was caught red handed when he was secretly getting confidential information. What is it then? Tucker: But are you suggesting he was working for the U.S. government or NATO, or he was just a reporter who was given material he wasn't supposed to have? Those seem like very different, very different things. Vladimir Putin: I don't know who he was working for. But I would like to reiterate that getting classified information in secret is called espionage. And he was working for the US special services, some other agencies. I don't think he was working for Monaco as Monaco is hardly interested in getting that information. It is up to the special services to come to an agreement. Some groundwork has been laid. There are people who, in our view, are not connected with special services. Let me tell you a story about a person serving a sentence in an allied country of the U.S. That person, due to patriotic sentiments, eliminated a bandit in one of the European capitals. During the events in the Caucasus, do you know what he was doing? I don't want to say that, but I will do it anyway. He was laying our soldiers taken prisoner on the road and then drove his car over their heads. What kind of person is that? Can he even be called human? But there was a patriot who eliminated him in one of the European capitals. Whether he did it of his own volition or not. That is a different question. Tucker: I mean, that's a completely different. He's a 32 year old newspaper reporter. Vladimir Putin: He committed something different. He's not just a journalist. I reiterate. He's a journalist who is secretly getting confidential information. Yes, it is different, but still, I'm talking about other people who are essentially controlled by the US authorities, wherever they are serving a sentence.

JUST IN: Vladimir Putin calls on the United States to negotiate with him and worry about its own problems like securing the border and national debt.

Putin also said politicians are brainwashing their citizens to gouge more money out of them to fund the war.

"Doesn't [the U.S.]… pic.twitter.com/jSJ63ALBA0

- Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) February 8, 2024 Vladimir Putin: This is a provocation and a cheap provocation at that. I do not understand why American soldiers should fight in Ukraine. They are mercenaries from the United States. They're the bigger number of mercenaries comes from Poland, with mercenaries from the United States in second place and mercenaries from Georgia in third place. Well, if somebody has the desire to send regular troops, that would certainly bring humanity to the brink of a very serious global conflict. This is obvious. Do the United States need this? What for? Thousands of miles away from your national territory. Don't you have anything better to do? You have issues on the border. Issues with migration, issues with the national debt. More than $33 trillion. You have nothing better to do. So you should fight in Ukraine. Wouldn't it be better to negotiate with Russia? Make an agreement. Already understanding the situation that is developing today, realizing that Russia will fight for its interests to the end. And realizing this actually a return to common sense, start respecting our country and its interests and look for certain solutions. It seems to me that this is much smarter and more rational.

Putin reveals which world leader crushed the Ukrainian peace treaty. pic.twitter.com/PViTL3kFU1

- Tucker Carlson Network (@TCNetwork) February 8, 2024 Tucker: But do you think at this point, as of February 2024, he has the latitude, the freedom, to speak with you or your government directly about putting an end to this, which clearly isn't helping his country or the world. Can he do that, do you think? Vladimir Putin: Why not? He considers himself a head of state. He won the elections. Although we believe in Russia that the coup d'etat is the primary source of power for everything that happened after 2014. And in this sense, even today, government is flawed. But he considers himself the president and he is recognized by the United States, all of Europe, and practically the rest of the world in such a capacity. Why not? He can. We negotiated with Ukraine in Istanbul. We agreed. He was aware of this. Moreover, the negotiation group leader, Mr. Arakhamia, his last name I believe, still heads the faction of the ruling party, the party of the president in the Rada. He still heads the presidential faction in the Rada, the country's parliament. He still sits there. He even put his preliminary signature on the document. I am telling you. But then he publicly stated to the whole world, we were ready to sign this document but Mr. Johnson, then the Prime Minister, came and dissuaded us from doing this, saying it was better to fight Russia. They would give everything needed for us to return what was lost during the clashes with Russia. And we agreed with this proposal. Look, his statement has been published. He said it publicly. Can they return to this or not? The question is, do they want it or not? Further on, president of Ukraine issued a decree prohibiting negotiations with us. Let him cancel that decree. And that's it. We have never refused negotiations indeed. We hear all the time, is Russia ready? Yes. We have not refused. It was them who publicly refused. Well, let him cancel his decree and enter into negotiations. We have never refused. And the fact that they obey the demand or persuasion of Mr. Johnson, the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, seems ridiculous. And it's very sad to me because, as Mr. Arakhamia put it, we could have stopped those hostilities with war a year and a half ago already. But the British persuaded us and we refused this. Where is Mr. Johnson now? And the war continues.

Putin on the collapse of the dollar as the world's reserve currency. pic.twitter.com/1ntaKj96nP

- Tucker Carlson Network (@TCNetwork) February 9, 2024 Tucker: Well, let's just give one example. The U.S. dollar, which has kind of united the world, in a lot of ways, maybe not to your advantage, but certainly to ours. Is that going away as the reserve currency, the com the universally accepted currency? How have sanctions do you think changed the dollar's place in the world? Vladimir Putin: You know, to use the dollar as a tool of foreign policy struggle is one of the biggest strategic mistakes made by the US political leadership. The dollar is the cornerstone of the United States power. I think everyone understands very well that no matter how many dollars are printed, they're quickly dispersed all over the world. Inflation in the United States is minimal. It's about 3 or 3.4%, which is, I think, totally acceptable for the US. But they won't stop printing. What does the debt of $33 trillion tell us about? It is about the emission. Nevertheless, it is the main weapon used by the United States to preserve its power across the world. As soon as the political leadership decided to use the US dollar as a tool of political struggle, a blow was dealt to this American power. I would not like to use any strong language, but it is a stupid thing to do and a grave mistake. Look at what is going on in the world. Even the United States allies are now downsizing their dollar reserves. Seeing this, everyone starts looking for ways to protect themselves. But the fact that the United States applies restrictive measures to certain countries, such as placing restrictions on transactions, freezing assets, etc., causes grave concern and sends a signal to the whole world. What did we have here? Until 2022, about 80% of Russian foreign trade transactions were made in US dollars and euros. U.S. dollars accounted for approximately 50% of our transactions with third countries. Well, currently it is down to 13%. It wasn't us who banned the use of the US dollar. We had no such intention. It was the decision of the United States to restrict our transactions in U.S. dollars. I think it is complete foolishness from the point of view of the interests of the United States itself and its taxpayers, as it damages the U.S. economy, undermines the power of the United States across the world. By the way, our transactions in yuan accounted for about 3%. Today, 34% of our transactions are made in rubles and about as much. A little over 34% in yuan. Why did the United States do this? My only guess is self conceit. They probably thought it would lead to full collapse, but nothing collapsed. Moreover, other countries, including oil producers, are thinking of and already accepting payments for oil in yuan. Do you even realize what is going on or not? Does anyone in the United States realize this. What are you doing? You are cutting yourself off. All experts say this. Ask any intelligent and thinking person in the United States what the dollar means for the US. But you are killing it with your own hands.

RCP's Jonathan Draeger: Trump Leads Biden On Economy, Immigration, Border In New NBC Poll

Thu, 02/08/2024 - 22:13
RCP's Jonathan Draeger discusses the findings a new poll from NBC about whether voters prefer Trump or Biden on particular issues: JONATHAN DRAEGER: A new poll says that Donald Trump has a 20-point lead on the economy over Joe Biden. I'm Jonathan with RealClearPolitics, and let's get right into this poll. A new poll from NBC came out Sunday and showed that when voters were asked who they thought would better handle the economy, 55% said Trump, while only 33% said Biden. Trump also had a 35-point lead on immigration and border policy. This led to Trump beating Biden in the head-to-head matchup in the poll 47-42. This is slightly bigger than Trump's current lead in the RealClearPolitics polling average, which has Trump up 1.7 points as of February 7th. Do you think Trump would handle the economy better, or has Biden done a good job handling inflation and continuing low unemployment? For more polls like this, hit the follow button and visit RealClearPolling.com

President Biden On Special Counsel Report: "This Matter Is Now Closed"

Thu, 02/08/2024 - 22:08
President Biden commented on a special counsel report declining to prosecute hm for mishandling classified documents.

FNC's David Spunt: Special Counsel Said Biden Couldn't Recall Basic Facts Like "When Term Began," "When Son Beau Died"

Thu, 02/08/2024 - 20:55
FNC justice correspondent David Spunt takes a look at the special counsel report declining to charge President Biden with mishandling classified material. DAVID SPUNT, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, it is a lengthy report. And I think a very important point that we want to make from our colleague, Gillian Turner, who has some national security background says that, you know, the Biden handwritten notes that he took during NSC meetings -- National Security Council meetings are property of the federal government. They are not his property, just the same as some of the documents that President Trump took. They are federal government property. So, that equates that case in that respect. Though, Sol and Andy McCarthy and others will say the cases are very different, even Kerri as well. But I want to point out something. The Special Counsel to the president, Richard Sauber, who's essentially, the lawyer to the president, said in his -- the last line in his statement, we disagree with a number of inaccurate and inappropriate comments in the special counsels' report. Typically, you hear somebody criticizing inaccurate comments, but inappropriate comments, perhaps this one on page 208 that we found, as you mentioned, it's a lengthy report, it says, "In his interview with our office," meaning, the special Counsel's Office. "Mr. Biden's memory was worse. He did not remember when he was vice president for getting on the first day of the interview when his term ended. If it was 2013, when did I stop being vice president? And forgetting on the second day of the interview, when his term began. He did not remember even within several years when his son Beau died, and his memory appeared hazy when describing the Afghanistan debate that was once so important to him." So, that might be the reason that we're seeing the lawyer for the president mentioned that there's an inappropriate aspect to these comments. But Special Counsel Robert Hur is independent. As Kerri said, he transmitted his report to Attorney General Garland, who made it fully available with no redactions at all. And also, important to note, the White House had no redactions as well.

CNN: Biden Not Charged Over Classified Docs Because He's An "Elderly Man With A Bad Memory"

Thu, 02/08/2024 - 20:47
CNN's MJ Lee reports on Special Counsel Robert Hur declining to charge President Biden for mishandling classified documents in part because a jury would likely see him as a "sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory." "These headlines kind of write themselves as far as the opposition and critics are concerned. This has been an area of targeting for a while now. Even this week we have covered the fact that the president has had a number of misspeaks and missteps recalling events from the recent past," she reports.

Biden's lawyers wrote to Hur asking that he revise descriptions of the President's memory - notable given voter concerns about his mental capacity. pic.twitter.com/Eke92sZH2s

- Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) February 8, 2024

Joe Biden doesn't remember when he was Vice President. Devastating section from the Special Counsel report. pic.twitter.com/US6QGn3w8c

- Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) February 8, 2024

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