News from Around the Web for Feb 22, 2024

News From Around the Web

#10 James Biden Tells GOP Lawmakers That Joe Biden Had No Involvement in the Family’s Business Dealings - Farnoush Amiri for AP News

President Joe Biden “never had any involvement” in the business dealings of other members of his family, his brother James Biden testified Wednesday when he appeared for a voluntary private interview on Capitol Hill as part of House Republicans’ impeachment inquiry. “I have had a 50-year career in a variety of business ventures. Joe Biden has never had any involvement or any direct or indirect financial interest in those activities,” the president’s younger brother said in a 10-page opening statement to lawmakers obtained by The Associated Press. “None.”

#9 AT&T Down: Massive Disruption to Mobile Networks with iPhones Stuck in SOS Mode - Fiona Leishman for The Mirror 
AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and other cell service providers in the US have gone down, with many iPhone users waking to find their phones stuck in SOS mode as a result of the US-wide outage. 

Customers across the US are facing major disruptions to their mobile phone service as several providers have gone down, leaving many with phones stuck in SOS mode. According to Downdetector, AT&T, Cricket Wireless, FirstNet, Verizon, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Boost Mobile, Consumer Cellular, and Straight Talk are all down. People have taken to X, formerly Twitter, to voice their concern at the major disruption to US mobile networks...

#8 Lara Trump Vows Largest-Ever Legal ‘Ballot Harvesting’ Operation if Elected RNC Co-Chair - Janice Hisle for NTD

Lara Trump says efforts of “historic” proportions are needed to ensure that Republicans, including her father-in-law, former President Donald Trump, win the Nov. 5 election. Ms. Trump says she is ready to take on that challenge if she becomes co-chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC), as President Trump has recommended. In an exclusive interview with The Epoch Times before a Feb. 21 campaign stop, Ms. Trump declared: “We need to have the biggest legal ballot harvesting operation this country has ever seen.”

#7 Illegal Alien Accused of Causing Sgt. Michael Kunovich’s Death Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Claiming Limited English Skills Make Him Disabled - John Binder for Breitbart

An illegal alien, accused of causing St. Johns County, Florida, sheriff’s office Sgt. Michael Kunovich’s death, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming his limited English-speaking skills make him disabled. As Breitbart News reported, 19-year-old illegal alien Virgilio Aguilar-Mendez of Guatemala was arrested in May 2023 and has been charged with resisting an officer with violence and manslaughter in connection with Kunovich’s death. This week, Aguilar-Mendez’s defense attorneys filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Kunovich’s estate, Lt. Jose Jimenez, who also responded to the incident, and St. Johns County, claiming that their client is disabled because he does not speak English or Spanish and was thus denied his rights under the “Americans with Disabilities Act” and the “Rehabilitation Act.”

#6 California Substitute Teacher Reportedly Forces Class to See 'Inappropriate Images,' Leaving Students in Tears - Jack Davis for The Western Journal

Parents whose children attend a California elementary school protested Tuesday, claiming that not enough was done after a substitute teacher was apparently watching adult content on his phone during class. The incident took place Friday at Cameron Elementary School in the West Covina Unified School District, according to KNBC-TV. “The teacher had his back to the kids, so they could see his phone, and Adison said that there were naked people on the phone,” Stacy Mathews, who is the mom of a child in the class where the incident took place. Mathews said students were made uncomfortable by what they saw and huddled in a corner. “He wouldn’t let them go to the bathroom,” Mathews said...

#5 Look Into My Eyes, Rishi Sunak! -  Brenda Goldstein for The HighWire
Nobody could escape the pain, anger, and feeling of betrayal in John Watt’s eyes and voice as he testified at the recent COVID-19 town hall with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on February 12 in County Durham, England. Watt, like other audience members, ended up harmed by the COVID-19 vaccines... “I want you to look into my eyes, Rishi Sunak, and I want you to look at the pain, the trauma, and the regret I have in my eyes. We have been left with no help at all,” cried a passionate Watt at the recent town hall...

#4 Legislation to Release Epstein Grand Jury Records Headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis - Joseph Abruzzo Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller

The long-sealed grand jury records in Jeffrey Epstein’s criminal case are closer to being released, thanks to decisive action by the Florida Legislature on a bill championed by Joseph Abruzzo, Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller. Clerk Abruzzo worked closely with Sen. Tina Polsky, D-Boca Raton, and Rep. Peggy Gossett-Seidman, R-Boca Raton, to advance and pass the legislation during the 2024 legislative session. “This has been my goal from the beginning, to find a way for the grand jury records to be released so Jeffrey Epstein’s victims and our community can get the answers they deserve,” Clerk Abruzzo said. “Two years ago, I said that the Florida Legislature was the best option for the grand jury records to be released. Thanks to the Florida Legislature’s actions today, I am proud to deliver on my promise that I would leave no stone unturned to have these records released for full transparency to the public.”

#3 Mask Mandates? Supreme Court Rejects Appeal From Marjorie Taylor Greene, GOP Lawmakers - Maureen Groppe USA TODAY

Three Republicans who had their pay docked in 2021 for flouting a mask mandate on the floor of the House of Representatives during the COVID pandemic got no help from the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The justices, without comment, declined an appeal from Reps. Tom Massie, Ralph Norman and Marjorie Taylor Greene in their suit against former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Lower courts had said Pelosi could not be sued because courts don’t have jurisdiction over Congress’ internal rules. Lawyers for the current House speaker, Republican Mike Johnson of Louisiana, agreed with that decision. Despite House GOP leaders' opposition to the mask rule, they told the Supreme Court, “This case is not about the wisdom of the rule or whether it was based on sound science.”

#2 Real Estate Investor Will 'Immediately Discontinue' Working in NYC Over Trump Verdict, Eyeing Florida, Texas - Kristen Altus Fox Business
Some nationwide real estate investors, like Cardone Capital’s Grant Cardone, have started telling their teams to pack their bags and leave New York after the verdict in former President Trump’s fraud trial. 

"We thought this year was the opportunity to come into Chicago, California, and New York City. I've been waiting for 40 years now to invest in that marketplace. I was completely confident this was the year to come," Cardone told Steve Doocy on "FOX & Friends" on Wednesday. "And when that ruling happened, it was like pencils down. Don't touch it. Don't go there." The business leader gained recent recognition after he posted on X that his firm would "immediately discontinue" all underwriting on New York City real estate to focus on other markets like Texas and Florida. Cardone further claimed that New York has risks "that outweigh the opportunities" in terms of property value — and the blue state has shown its politicization when it comes to doing business.

#1 Elon Musk Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for Being ‘Stout Proponent of Free Speech’ - Ariel Zilber for The New York Post

Billionaire Elon Musk — whose businesses range from satellites to social media — was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by a Norwegian lawmaker who praised the X owner as a “stout proponent for free speech.” Marius Nilsen, a Norwegian member of parliament who is a member of the libertarian Progress Party, said he put forward Musk’s name due to his “adamant defense of dialogue, free speech and [enabling] the possibility to express one’s views” in a “continuously more polarized world.” Nilsen also praised Musk for providing Starlink satellite internet connectivity to Ukrainian soldiers who were in dire straits following the launch of the Russian invasion of their country two years ago.“The multitude of tech companies Musk has founded, owns, or runs, aimed at bettering societies, increasing knowledge of both earth and space, in addition to enabling communication and connectivity globally… has helped make the world a more connected and safer place,” Nilsen said.


And Now for Something Special smiley

The Best Catholic Apps to Restore Your Faith - Kevin Ryan for Blaze Media

Who could have foreseen Marky Mark’s impressive role in the ongoing revival of Christianity in America? Mark Wahlberg’s evangelization is made all the more surreal by the fact that Wahlberg has teamed up with Jonathan Roumie, the man who plays Jesus in “The Chosen.” Roumie offers the greatest portrayal of Christ I’ve encountered. If you’re a Christian, this is incredible news. Ideologically manufactured or not, the buoyancy of our faith seemed to be in question there for a moment. In his book "The Everlasting Man," G.K. Chesterton writes that “Christianity has died many times and risen again; for it had a god who knew the way out of the grave.” We are witnessing a digital resurrection...



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