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Biden Admin Asks Sanctuary Cities To Cooperate With ICE To Deport Criminal Illegal Migrants — But There’s A Problem

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Incentivized to excoriate Israel with a fury because of the upcoming presidential election, Biden’s willingness to capitulate to the left wing, progressive movement in America that despises Israel with a purple passion is beyond reprehensible. Credit: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

(Daily Caller News Foundation) The Biden administration is asking sanctuary cities to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the deportation of criminal illegal migrants despite previously enacting policies that could hinder the effort.

The administration’s push to crackdown on criminal illegal aliens runs counter to earlier policies enacted under President Joe Biden, such as closing ICE detention facilities and rolling back Trump-era Department of Justice law enforcement cooperation grants. The administration’s pleas for sanctuary cities to work with ICE in arrests follows several high-profile murders allegedly committed by illegal aliens, including the killing of 22-year-old Georgia nursing student Laken Riley by an illegal Venezuelan immigrant, which Biden has not addressed. (RELATED: Biden Weighing Enacting Harsher Asylum Rules — Even After Claiming He Couldn’t Without Congress)

“We welcome local law enforcement’s support and cooperation in apprehending and removing individuals who pose a risk to national security or public safety,” a White House spokesperson told Fox News. “When a local jurisdiction has information about an individual who could pose a threat to public safety, we want them to share that information with ICE.”

Sanctuary cities often refuse to honor ICE detainers, which are requests from the agency for notification prior to the release of illegal criminal migrants from state custody so that they can be transferred to federal authorities for detention and potential deportation, according to the American Immigration Council.

Despite claims that it wants sanctuary cities to work in concert with ICE in detaining and deporting alien criminals, the Biden administration has shuttered or ended contracts with several detention facilities across the U.S. since Biden took office in 2021. These include the California Yuba County Jail, the Georgia Irwin County Detention Center, the Pennsylvania Berks County Residential Center and the Massachusetts C. Carlos Carreiro Immigration Detention Center.

In his first months as president, Biden used executive action to revoke a series of immigration laws that former President Donald Trump had instilled during his tenure, including deportation initiatives, the Muslim travel ban and the construction of the border wall.

The Biden administration also revoked a Trump-era policy that cut hundreds of millions in grant funding to sanctuary cities that were restricting cooperation with ICE and protecting illegal migrants, Reuters reported. Biden rescinded the order and restored the funding, stripping away the requirement that cities work with ICE in order to receive the funds.

The Biden administration claimed Thursday that ICE detention facilities — where migrants are held prior to deportation — are overcrowded and beyond capacity.

“ICE detention facilities are currently over capacity,” the White House said in a statement on Thursday, the same day as Biden’s visit to the southern border in Texas. “Today, ICE has approximately 40,000 detention beds. The bipartisan Senate agreement would increase detention beds to a total of 50,000.”

Biden once again requested Congress on Thursday to approve a border security package that would provide an additional 10,000 beds for ICE detention facilities, among other border security items. The Biden administration also warned that if Congress does not pass the bill, ICE would become crippled due to a lack of resources and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would be forced to move funding over to the agency or curtail its operational abilities.

“Without immediate action from Congress, DHS will need to move funding to ICE from other critical missions or reduce ICE’s enforcement operations to manage a shortfall of several hundred million dollars,” the White House warned.

 

Even as he insists he needs congressional approval to act, Biden has been privately weighing several executive options to start securing the border, an option he has had since the beginning of his term.

There have been several recent murders in the U.S. allegedly committed by illegal migrants; Riley was murdered in February while on a run by a Venezuelan illegal immigrant, who was subsequently arrested; a Salvadoran illegal immigrant was arrested in connection to the murder of a 2-year-old in the same month. A Honduran illegal immigrant was arrested in February after going on a violent crime spree and raping a 14-year-old; three Portuguese illegal immigrants were arrested February in connection to the death of a 1-year-old.

Illegal immigration has risen exponentially under the Biden administration.

Border Patrol recorded roughly 1.7 million migrant encounters at the southern border in 2021; that number rose to over 2.2 million in fiscal year 2022, according to Customs and Border Protection data.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

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Election jihad: Islamic groups are hijacking US elections – opinion

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By Frontpage Magazine

The response in state legislatures to the Hamas Islamic terror attacks of Oct 7 showed how thoroughly Islamists have infiltrated our political system and the threat that they pose.

In Delaware, Rep. Madinah Wilson-Anton, the first Muslim elected in Delaware, heckled Vice President Kamala Harris at a Christmas party, demanding that Israel stop attacking Hamas.

After Oct 7, Wilson-Anton posted, “I do not stand with Israel” and warned that, “so long as a government refuses to respect the existence of a people it should expect resistance.”

A new generation of Islamist state legislators like her showed its true colors after Oct 7.

In Ohio, Rep. Munira Abdullahi, newly elected, promoted claims that Israel is “the biggest child-killer in the world”.

In Texas, Rep. Salman Bhojani, the first Muslim elected to the State House, accused Israel of engaging in the “mass killing of Palestinian civilians” during its fight against Hamas and claimed that the Oct 7 Hamas massacres “did not occur in a vacuum”

In Illinois, Rep. Abdelnasser Rashid, the State House’s first Muslim ‘Palestinian’ elected official, accused Israel of “genocidal language” and signed a letter after Oct 7 claiming that “inequality” was at the “root cause of the violence”.

Michigan’s State House of Representatives did not condemn the Hamas atrocities of Oct 7 after opposition from House Majority Floor Leader Abraham Aiyash from Hamtramck, the first all-Muslim governed city in the country, who has accused Israel of “genocide” and “apartheid” and held a hunger strike to oppose Israel’s campaign against Hamas.

In Georgia, Rep. Ruwa Romman, a former communications director for CAIR, and the first Muslim ‘Palestinian’ in the Georgia State House described the Oct 7 attacks as an “escalation” caused by “settler violence and terror aimed at Palestinian business owners”

Rep. Romman argued that a resolution condemning the Hamas atrocities was creating “division” and claimed that Israel’s campaign was “not self defense” “not about hostages” and “not about Hamas”, but about “causing as much damage as possible.”

In the Georgia State Senate, Sen. Sheikh Rahman and Sen. Nabilah Islam, two newly elected members, abstained from a resolution condemning the Hamas atrocities. Sen. Islam had accused Israel of bombing “innocent Palestinians”.

In Minnesota, Sen. Omar Fateh responded to the Oct 7 attacks by accusing Israel of “horrifying acts of violence” while falsely claiming that it was engaged in a “genocidal war”. Sen. Zaynab Mohamed, a newly elected state senator and the first Muslim woman in the state senate, spread false claims that Israel had bombed a hospital and demanded an end to the attacks on Hamas.

A National Islamist Political Transformation

After the 2022 midterms, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding trial, boasted that a record number of Islamic candidates had taken power. Of the 153 who ran for office, a majority, 89, won their races.

In 2020, CAIR released a “Strategic Election Plan” for mobilizing 1 million Muslim voters that included “providing small grants to mosques planning to get out the vote” and that would “encourage and train 200 Muslim candidates to run for office”. The plan included town halls for Republican and Democrat candidates, a Muslim voter database and “boot camps” in 25 states.

These ambitious plans reflect the growing election presence of CAIR and other Islamist groups.

In Georgia, Muslims now have two members or 10% of the 22 member Georgia Senate Democrat delegation even though they represent only 1% of the state’s population.

This was due in part to the Georgia Muslim Voter Project which received $100,000 from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Other Islamist groups also continue to be active in electing candidates at every level.

Emgage claimed that its Million Muslim Votes campaign had led to 71% or over one million Muslim voters casting ballots. It boasted that it increased the number of Muslim votes by 27% in Michigan, 13% in Georgia, 5% in Texas and 4% in Virginia through “1.8 million calls, sending over 3.6 million text messages and over 400,000 mailers” and “knocking on over 20,000 doors”.

DOZENS OF NATIONS CEASE FUNDING FOR UNRWA AFTER ITS MEMBERS WERE INVOLVED IN THE OCT. 7TH MASSACRE
Emgage CEO Wa’el Alzayat responded to the Hamas attacks of Oct 7 by promoting a claim blaming “Jewish supremacists”. He later wrote that “white supremacists” allegedly “waving Israeli flags were blocking the entrance to my daughter’s Islamic school today.”

Emgage has various state branches in New York, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Florida. Emgage Florida urged Muslims to use their votes to affect American policy toward Israel and Emgage PAC in Texas endorsed two dozen candidates in the state alone.

Funding for Emgage has come through, among others, the Pillars Fund. The Pillars Fund is a “national nonprofit” that “amplifies the leadership, narratives, and talents of Muslims” and has a board of directors that includes a chief of staff for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Pillars Fund’s institutional funders include George Soros’ Open Society Network.

The Pillars Fund provided funding for the Georgia Muslim Voter Project and MPower Change

MPower Change, which has accused Israel of “genocide” for attacking Hamas, was founded by Linda Sarsour, promotes voter registration, and has received funding from the Ford Foundation.

The rate of change can be rapid.

When Rep. Ilhan Omar won her first election to the Minnesota State House in 2016, she was the first Somali Muslim elected official in the state and the country. There are now five including two in the Minnesota State Senate and three more in the Minnesota State House.

In 2019, Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell became the first Muslim in Pennsylvania’s state House. While she resigned after stealing from a charity meant to help children, there are now three: Rep. Tarik Khan, Rep. Jason Dawkins and Rep. Carol Kazeem. Khan was backed by Emgage PAC.

Connecticut has a Muslim House member and a state senator who also serves as Deputy President Pro Tempore. In Maine, despite a Muslim population estimated at 16,000 or less than 0.5%. three Muslim women were elected to the state legislature.

The midterms showed that even states with small or limited Muslim populations can elect a surprising number of Islamic legislators when they benefit from effective national and state organizations, and backing from Democrats and leftist groups searching for diversity.

Exposing the Machine

Islamist networks in America have built a parallel political structure of nonprofits, action groups and PACs which tapped into funds from non-Muslim leftist and Democrat donors. This parallel Islamic election machine has solicited government grants and funds from foundations, but as the aftermath of Oct 7 shows, it has remained focused on its overriding goals.

And those goals are not only hostile to Israel, but to America and the free world.

The rise of Islamist political power was made possible by outside funding from federal and local governments, from Democrat and left-wing foundations. Muslim voter turnout initiatives at mosques feed into some of the billions flowing from Democratic Party allied organizations to boost minority voter turnout, and from local social welfare and health grants.

CAIR’s integration within the Democratic Party’s electoral machine has been so total that the Democratic operatives and donors of the Movement Voter Project are fundraising for it even though CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad was caught on video celebrating the Oct 7 attack..

Islamist political power is not an independent achievement, but a dependent one.

Cutting off public, political and private funding for the Election Jihad is crucial for national security and for reversing America’s drift away from resisting Islamic terrorism.

The Ever-Increasing Bar to Join America’s Richest 1% Has Just Become Tougher

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The Ever-Increasing Bar to Join America’s Richest 1% Has Just Become Tougher

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Entering the ranks of the top 1% of the wealthiest Americans has become more challenging than ever, with new data revealing a significant surge in the threshold required to join this elite club, as was recently reported by CBS News.  According to Knight Frank’s 2024 Wealth Report, individuals now need a staggering $5.8 million to qualify for the esteemed 1%, marking a notable 15% increase from the previous threshold of $5.1 million just one year ago.

The upward trajectory of this threshold is attributed to robust wealth creation, buoyed by a thriving U.S. economy. According to the information provided by CBSNews.com, the report highlights a remarkable uptick in the number of ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNWI), defined as individuals with assets worth at least $30 million. In 2023 alone, over 4% more UHNWIs were minted globally, pushing the total count to nearly 627,000 individuals.

Surprisingly, despite its reputation as a bastion of wealth, the United States ranks fourth globally in terms of the wealth threshold required to enter the 1%. The report on the CBSNews.com web site said that topping the list is Monaco, where aspiring members of the 1% must possess a staggering $12.9 million in wealth. This measurement encompasses various assets, including investments, cash, and primary and secondary residences, according to Knight Frank’s wealth assessment model.

The stark disparity between the rich and poor, both on a global and domestic scale, is further underscored by these figures. As was indicated by CBSNews.com, Oxfam America’s report, “Inequality Inc.,” reveals a concerning trend where five billion people worldwide have experienced a decline in wealth since 2020, while the fortunes of the five richest men in the world have more than doubled during the same period.

Oxfam’s research attributes part of this rising inequality to the practices of big corporations, which have actively opposed minimum wage increases and unionization efforts. Moreover, CBSNews.com reported that a significant generational wealth transfer is underway, with an estimated $90 trillion worth of assets set to move from the silent generation and baby boomers to younger generations like Gen X, millennials, and Gen Z over the next two decades.

Millennials, in particular, are poised to become the wealthiest generation in history, signaling a shift towards values that prioritize societal and environmental well-being alongside economic prosperity. The CBSNews.com report also noted that Ben Whattam, co-founder of Modern Affluence Exchange, underscored this shift in mindset, noting that the next generation is unlikely to perpetuate the relentless pursuit of growth at any cost.

The report also sheds light on the widening chasm between affluent and impoverished nations, emphasizing the urgent need for global initiatives to address economic disparities and promote inclusive growth. As wealth continues to concentrate in the hands of a select few, the imperative for equitable wealth distribution and sustainable economic practices becomes increasingly apparent on both the national and international stage.

Liam Bailey, the global head of research at Knight Frank, emphasized these findings, noting that smaller countries like Monaco boast a higher concentration of extremely wealthy individuals, drawn by favorable tax laws and other incentives, CBSNews.com reported.

Following closely behind Monaco are Luxembourg and Switzerland, with thresholds of $10.8 million and $8.5 million, respectively. CBSNews.com reported that in contrast, larger nations like the United States, with a threshold of $5.8 million, and Singapore, at $5.2 million, still require significant wealth but fall below the stratospheric levels seen in smaller, wealth-centric nations.

Bailey further highlighted the evolving landscape of wealth taxation, particularly in Western countries grappling with government deficits and the imperative to raise tax revenue. The CBSNew.com report said that he anticipates a greater policy focus on wealth distribution and taxation, as governments seek to navigate the delicate balance between taxing wealth and fostering its growth within their economies.

In the United States, several states have proposed wealth taxes aimed at extracting billions from the wealthiest individuals. CBSNews.com also said that states such as California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, and Washington are considering such measures, reflecting a broader trend towards wealth redistribution and increased taxation on the ultra-rich.

The delineation of wealth thresholds across countries underscores the widening gap between the affluent and the rest of society, prompting calls for greater scrutiny of wealth distribution and taxation policies. As policymakers grapple with these complex issues, the need for equitable and sustainable approaches to wealth management becomes increasingly apparent.

With global economic disparities continuing to widen, the conversation around wealth distribution and taxation is likely to intensify, shaping the future trajectory of economic policy and societal well-being. As countries strive to strike a balance between economic growth, fiscal responsibility, and social equity, the imperative for informed and inclusive policymaking has never been greater.

89-Year Old Man’s Death Raises Concerns Over Vitamin D Overdose

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89-Year Old Man’s Death Raises Concerns Over Vitamin D Overdose

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The recent death of 89-year-old David Mitchener in suburban London has sparked concerns among medical experts after it was revealed that he died from a vitamin D overdose. According to recently published report in the New York Post, Mitchener, who had been taking high levels of the supplement for nine months prior to his death, succumbed to the risks associated with excessive intake, shedding light on the potential dangers of commonly used dietary supplements.

Members of the local medical community are now urging the public to be cautious about the risks of vitamin D supplementation, highlighting the lack of adequate warnings and information regarding potential side effects. According to the information provided in the Post report,coroner Jonathan Stevens, in his official report, noted the absence of warnings on the packaging detailing the specific risks associated with high doses of vitamin D, emphasizing the need for greater awareness to prevent future deaths.

Post-mortem tests revealed that Mitchener had the highest possible recorded levels of vitamin D in his body, with levels reaching 380, the maximum level recordable by the laboratory, as was reported by the Post.  While Harvard recommends adults to maintain a vitamin D level of at least 30 to ensure sufficiency, Mitchener’s extreme levels underscore the dangers of excessive supplementation.

The recommended dosage of vitamin D for most adults is 600 international units (IUs) per day. However, taking 60,000 or more IUs per day over several months can lead to overdosage, as noted by the Mayo Clinic, as was indicated in the Post report. Mitchener initially presented at the hospital with hypercalcemia, a condition characterized by high levels of calcium in the body, typically induced by excessive vitamin D intake.

While Mitchener’s death was attributed to multiple factors including congestive heart failure, chronic kidney failure, and Ischaemic Heart Disease, the coroner emphasized the role of excessive vitamin D intake in exacerbating his health condition, the report in the Post said. The absence of appropriate warnings and guidance about dosage on supplement packaging highlights a critical gap in current food labeling requirements, exposing consumers to potential risks unknowingly.

In response to such incidents, regulatory bodies like the FDA in the United States have been pressuring the pharmaceutical sector to enhance labeling and packaging of dietary supplements to mitigate the risks of excessive intake, the information in the Post report indicated. Efforts to make potentially dangerous supplements less appealing in appearance and taste aim to discourage overconsumption and promote greater awareness among consumers about the potential risks associated with supplementation.

 

As the case of David Mitchener underscores, while dietary supplements may offer health benefits when used appropriately, excessive intake can have serious and even fatal consequences. Heightened awareness, improved labeling, and informed decision-making are crucial in ensuring the safe and responsible use of dietary supplements to safeguard public health.

 

 

 

Prince William condemns antisemitism during visit to London synagogue

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(AP) — Prince William condemned antisemitism during a visit to a London synagogue on Thursday, the first time he appeared in public after he unexpectedly pulled out of a royal event earlier in the week.

William, the heir to the throne, heard about how Jewish students across the U.K. have been affected by the rise of hatred against the Jewish community during his visit to the Western Marble Arch Synagogue. He also spent time with Renee Salt, a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor.

The royal said he and his wife, Kate, the Princess of Wales, are extremely concerned about the rise in antisemitism. “I’m here today to reassure you all that people do care, people do listen and we can’t let that keep going,” he said.

 

William spoke out last week against the fighting in Gaza and called for the Israel-Hamas conflict to end “as soon as possible.”

UK’s Prince William pulls out of memorial service for his godfather because of ‘personal matter’

While his statement stopped short of calling for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza, he spoke of the “terrible human cost of the conflict in the Middle East since the Hamas terrorist attack” and urged for more humanitarian support to Gaza.

Reports of both antisemitic and anti-Muslim abuse in Britain have soared since Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel, which triggered Israel’s invasion of Gaza.

William’s absence Tuesday from a memorial service for his godfather, the late King Constantine of Greece, drew significant media attention because it came at a time when William’s father, King Charles III, and his wife are both suffering from health problems.

Palace officials only said that William pulled out of the service at Windsor because of a “personal matter.” They declined to elaborate but said his wife, who is recovering from abdominal surgery she underwent in January, continues to do well.

Charles, who is undergoing treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer, has canceled all his public engagements.

Shari Redstone Scrambles to Meet $40M Debt Obligation; Sells Real Estate Assets

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Shari Redstone Scrambles to Meet $40M Debt Obligation; Sells Real Estate Assets

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In a frantic bid to meet looming debt obligations, Shari Redstone’s National Amusements, the holding company wielding control over media titan Paramount Global, has engaged in a flurry of real estate sales, shedding a portion of its assets to cover a hefty $40 million debt payment due imminently, according to a recently published report in the New York Post.

According to the information provided in the Post report, the daughter of the late media mogul Sumner Redstone finds herself entangled in a high-stakes battle to retain control over both National Amusements and Paramount — the remnants of her father’s sprawling empire, which encompasses CBS, the Paramount+ streaming platform, a movie studio, and a suite of cable TV networks including Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and MTV.

Reports indicate that Shari Redstone managed to scrape together approximately $27 million towards the debt payment earlier this week, leveraging the proceeds from the sale of real estate assets. However, the report in the Post indicated that the frenetic divestment of property underscores the financial strain faced by National Amusements, with observers noting that Redstone’s maneuverability appears constrained amid the cash crunch.

The auction process initiated for National Amusements appears to be faltering, with potential suitors such as Apollo Global Management reportedly withdrawing from contention. The Post report added that this development signals a setback for Redstone’s efforts to offload the company amidst mounting pressure to address its debt burden.

While National Amusements remains tight-lipped about the ongoing developments, sources familiar with the matter reveal that David Ellison’s Skydance Media remains the sole interested party in acquiring the company, as was reported by The Post. Skydance’s interest extends beyond National Amusements to include a bid for Paramount, envisioning a complex merger of movie studios.

Meanwhile, Paramount, armed with an independent board, is exploring alternative pathways forward. The Post report pointed out that recent reports suggest that merger discussions with Warner Brothers Discovery have fizzled out, leaving Paramount to chart its course independently.

To cover the remaining $13 million of the impending debt payment, Shari Redstone is anticipated to tap into existing lines of credit facilitated by Byron Trott’s BDT & MSD Partners. However, the Post reported that the absence of a grace period for the $40 million debt obligation heightens the risk of default should National Amusements fail to meet its financial commitments in full and on time.

As the March 1 deadline looms large, the saga surrounding National Amusements and Paramount underscores the volatility gripping the media landscape, the report in the Post added. The outcome of these financial maneuvers will not only shape the future of these entities but also reverberate across the media industry, signaling potential shifts in ownership and strategic direction.

The company, grappling with financial challenges, is also staring down the barrel of a substantial $180 million payment due by May 2025. While the looming debt obligations cast a shadow of uncertainty over National Amusements’ future, the urgency to meet immediate financial commitments underscores the pressing need for a viable solution.

Observers speculate that the lack of a significant drawdown on the company’s credit line may signal a less optimistic outlook for a potential sale. The Post also reported that the reluctance to exhaust available credit resources suggests a cautious approach, raising questions about the feasibility of striking a deal within the desired timeframe.

Despite the financial strain, National Amusements appears hesitant to entertain the prospect of selling off shares in Paramount, a move that could dilute its control over both the media conglomerate and National Amusements itself, according to the information in the Post report. Instead, the company seems inclined to explore alternative avenues to alleviate its financial woes, with real estate sales emerging as a preferred strategy.

Despite the looming financial challenges, sources suggest that National Amusements is currently managing to stay afloat. However, the company’s financial stability remains precarious, contingent upon its ability to navigate the turbulent waters of the media landscape and secure sustainable solutions to its mounting debt burden.

National Amusements’ asset portfolio, which includes approximately 1,000 movie screens, holds significant value, primarily driven by its shares in Paramount. The Post report mentioned that while these shares wield considerable voting rights, they represent only a fraction of Paramount’s total ownership, leaving National Amusements with limited leverage in influencing the company’s direction.

 

 

 

Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon: Uncertainties Loom Over US Economy Despite Strong Indicators

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Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon: AP

 

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Amidst a backdrop of robust economic performance, with GDP surging by 3.3% in the fourth quarter and a buoyant job market, the United States finds itself at a crossroads where optimism clashes with uncertainty, as was recently report by Business Insider.  Despite the strong fundamentals, concerns linger over the sustainability of the current economic trajectory, raising questions about the Federal Reserve’s ability to navigate a soft landing.

The cooling of inflation from its peak in 2022, although still hovering above the Federal Reserve’s 2% target, offers a glimmer of hope for a controlled economic slowdown without tipping into recession territory. However, Business Insider reported that David Solomon, CEO of Goldman Sachs, struck a note of caution during a recent UBS conference, urging against excessive optimism.

While the markets appear bullish on the prospects of a soft landing, Solomon expressed a more tempered view, highlighting the inherent uncertainties stemming from the profound disruptions caused by the pandemic and subsequent normalization efforts, according to the Business Insider report. Despite the resilience displayed by the upper echelons of the economy, Solomon pointed out cracks emerging in certain consumption segments, suggesting a softening of the lower end.

“The world is set up for a soft landing,” said Solomon. The markets are pricing in a high probability of it too, he added, as was noted in the Business Insider report.

However, “my own view is it’s a little bit more uncertain than that,” Solomon said. “And you would have to expect that, given the extreme disruptions associated with the pandemic and the normalization.” He added that, “I’ve talked to a bunch of CEOs that operate businesses that would have good insight into what I’ll call more paycheck-to-paycheck kind of spending behavior. I think that in the last few months, you’ve seen a pattern of those behaviors tightening up, which means that the lower part of the economy is a little bit softer,” as was reported by Business Insider.

Solomon’s apprehensions find echoes in the sentiments expressed by Ellen Zentner, Morgan Stanley’s chief US economist, who warned of an eventual hard landing for the US economy, as per the report on Business Insider. Zentner’s remarks underscore the delicate balancing act facing the Federal Reserve as it navigates the complexities of the current economic landscape.

The recent uptick in consumer prices in January adds another layer of complexity to the Fed’s predicament, potentially complicating its efforts to initiate rate cuts. The looming specter of prolonged high inflation poses a formidable challenge to the Fed’s goal of orchestrating a soft landing, raising concerns about the risks of a crash or hard landing.

James McCann, deputy chief economist at Abrdn, emphasized the precarious nature of the Fed’s position, emphasizing the need to strike a delicate balance between loosening policy to avoid economic overheating and maintaining sufficient restraint to avert a hard landing scenario.

“The longer the Fed stays in the danger zone of higher-for-longer, the risks of a crash or hard landing go up,” James McCann, the deputy chief economist at Abrdn, told Business Insider’s Phil Rosen last week.

“They are so close to pulling off this soft landing, and there’s an understanding that they can’t leave policy too tight for too long,” McCann added.

As the Fed grapples with these challenges, the stakes remain high, with the potential consequences of missteps reverberating throughout the global economy. The coming months will likely test the Fed’s resolve and agility as it seeks to navigate the uncertain terrain and steer the US economy towards a path of sustainable growth and stability.

 

 

 

Katt Williams Leaves Rogan Speechless After Linking Transgenderism To Occult Rituals, Hollywood Propaganda

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Comedian Katt Williams left podcast host Joe Rogan speechless Thursday after he linked transgenderism to occult rituals and Hollywood propaganda.

Williams appeared on “The Joe Rogan Experience” to discuss hot topic cultural events and issues, which included Hollywood’s history of promoting propaganda within their films and television shows. (RELATED: Hollywood Spent Years Kowtowing To Beijing. Now, Their Movies Are Tanking)

“The propaganda in Hollywood movies is built into the ingredients list,” Rogan said. “It’s like if you want flour, you need wheat. You’re gonna have to get the wheat. And if you want to be able to make movies about certain subjects, you have to be willing to work with some people. That you know, ‘it’d be nice if you made it so that this is what we’re trying to accomplish, and this is showing the the negative side of this other society.’ And ‘this is our hero who’s going to do America’s bidding and go over there.’ And you’re like, ‘Okay.’ Those movies are successful and so they continue this relationship. You become a bit of a propaganda arm for the government and in turn, they don’t f*ck with you.”

“Right, but that’s what makes information so powerful is you don’t care how people feel about the ritual,” Williams responded. “It’s about, ‘does following the ritual work?’ And so you can fool yourself into thinking there isn’t one, but the evidence will be clear. So like when, I was like ‘all these guys are wearing dresses.’ Everybody’s like, ‘Oh, he keeps talking about people wearing dresses.’ It’s not like that. Look at it from a different way. Look at it – show me one person that ever wore a dress in Hollywood unsuccessfully. That’s how you understand what a ritual is.”

“So 20 years ago, I knew that transgenders was gonna be a thing. It wasn’t because I was a prophet It’s just that I had gotten so much information that I understood that things are circular. So I understood that the earliest I had seen that word transgender was Baphomet, the transgender,” Williams continued, referring to a pagan idol. “So I knew that in the ritual of Baphomet, the transgender, to show allegiance to him you had to kiss his ass ring.”

“Really?” Rogan responded.

“It said, both of those things. So I knew that both of those things will become popular in the future and that somehow, calling people the goat would be normalized over the sheep being always the most popular reference,” Williams continued.

“Goddamn, we got some good weed, Kat. Jesus Christ,” Rogan said after a brief pause.

“This must be the weed talk,” Williams joked back.

“I’m trying to figure out how to jump in on that,” Rogan continued before pausing once again.

Williams went viral in January after his appearance on the “Club Shay Shay” podcast for reviving his belief that Hollywood wants to make Black entertainers wear dresses.

The comedian claimed actor Martin Lawrence tried to get him in his “first dress” in the 2011 film “Big Momma’s House: Like Father, Like Son.” Williams said he turned the role down after realizing the situation and expressed his disappointment in Lawerence’s push.

Google Faces $2.3B Lawsuit from Axel Springer & Other Publishers Over Digital Advertising Practices

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FILE - The Google logo is displayed at their offices, Nov. 1, 2018, in London. Google says, Thursday, July 20, 2023, it is in the early stages of developing artificial intelligence tools to help journalists write stories and headlines, and has discussed its ideas with leaders in the news industry. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Google Faces $2.3B Lawsuit from Axel Springer & Other Publishers Over Digital Advertising Practices

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In a bold move against tech giant Google, media conglomerate Axel Springer, alongside 31 other publishers, has filed a staggering $2.3 billion lawsuit, as was recently reported by The New York Post. The lawsuit alleges significant losses incurred by the publishers due to Google’s practices in digital advertising, marking a formidable escalation in the ongoing battle over digital advertising dominance.

The consortium of publishers hails from various European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, and Sweden, according to the Post report. Their unified stance underscores the widespread concern among media entities regarding Google’s influence in the digital advertising landscape.

Europe’s antitrust regulators have already been scrutinizing Google’s ad tech business, and this lawsuit amplifies the pressure on the tech giant. Additionally, the Post report indicated that Google is facing a landmark case in the United States, where it is accused of maintaining a monopoly over search mechanisms.

Axel Springer, renowned for its ownership of Business Insider, stands at the forefront of this legal battle, representing a coalition of 55 brands among the complainants, the report in the Post said. Together, these publishers command over 1 billion monthly visits, emphasizing the significant impact of Google’s alleged misconduct on their revenue streams.

Legal representatives for the media firms, Geradin Partners and Stek Lawyers, highlighted Google’s purported abuse of its dominant position, resulting in a less competitive market and diminished revenues for publishers, according to the information provided in the Post report. They argue that without Google’s misconduct, publishers would have enjoyed higher advertising revenues and lower fees for ad tech services, facilitating greater investments in strengthening the European media landscape.

Citing precedents such as the French competition authority’s hefty fine against Google’s ad tech business in 2021 and the European Commission’s charges from the previous year, the publishers aim to bolster their case for damages, the Post report added.

The lawsuit was filed in the District Court of Amsterdam, strategically chosen as a key jurisdiction for antitrust damages claims in Europe. Google’s legal director, Oliver Bethell, rebuffed the claims, labeling the lawsuit as “speculative and opportunistic,” as was reported by the Post. Bethell asserted that Google would vehemently oppose the lawsuit based on factual grounds.

Google has previously disputed EU antitrust charges related to its ad tech business, emphasizing its constructive collaboration with publishers across Europe. As was noted in the Post report, according to Bethell, Google’s advertising tools, alongside those of its competitors, play a vital role in funding online content and facilitating business outreach.

Back in 2017, the European Union levied a staggering $2.7 billion antitrust fine against Google for market abuse concerning its shopping service. The report in the Post indicated that despite attempts by Google to evade the fine, Europe’s highest court dashed the company’s hopes with a recent ruling, potentially delivering a significant blow to the world’s most widely-used internet search engine.

The shopping case represents just one of three landmark decisions by the EU that collectively resulted in fines totaling approximately $8.94 billion for Google over the last decade, according to the Post. These punitive measures underscore the EU’s commitment to curbing anti-competitive practices and ensuring a level playing field in the digital marketplace.

Across the Atlantic, Google’s legal woes continue, with the US Justice Department spearheading costly litigation against the tech giant. Allegations of illegal monopoly power and consumer harm have been at the forefront of the DOJ’s case against Google. The Post reported that in a pivotal trial last September, Jerry Dischler, Google’s vice president of advertising products, made startling admissions regarding the company’s pricing strategies within its search results. Dischler revealed that Google had quietly raised ad prices to meet revenue targets, resulting in significant hikes for advertisers ranging from 5% to 10%.

Moreover, Dischler’s testimony shed light on Google’s opaque practices in manipulating ad sales metrics to favor its own interests. Despite the DOJ’s efforts to expose these clandestine maneuvers during the trial, prominent anti-monopoly organizations have raised concerns about Google’s continued pursuit of anticompetitive practices, as was indicated in the Post report. In a joint letter to FTC chief Lina Khan and the DOJ’s top antitrust lawyer Jonathan Kanter, 15 advocacy groups called for a coordinated crackdown on Google, citing recent developments such as a reported partnership to embed Google search results within TikTok.

The timing of this partnership, amidst the DOJ’s antitrust trial, raises questions about Google’s commitment to fair competition and transparency. With US District Judge Amit Mehta expected to deliver a verdict in May, the outcome of Google’s legal battles on both sides of the Atlantic will have far-reaching implications for the tech industry’s regulatory landscape and the future of competition in digital markets.

Washington blocks UNSC from blaming Israel for deaths during aid delivery

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Robert Wood, deputy permanent U.S. representative to the United Nations, briefs reporters after the closed Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East on Oct. 8, 2023. Credit: Paulo Filgueiras/U.N. Photo.

The statement called for council members to “express deep concern on reports stating that over 100 individuals have lost their lives, with approximately 750 others sustaining injuries due to opening fire by Israeli forces” during the incident.

“We don’t have all the facts on the ground. That’s the problem,” Robert Wood, Washington’s U.N. deputy envoy, said after closed consultations by the 15-member council late Thursday afternoon.

The statement required unanimous consensus to pass.

Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian Authority’s U.N. envoy, told reporters that the other 14 council members backed the statement, which Algeria drafted. He accused Israel of “intentionally targeting and killing” Gazans.

Mansour said he met Thursday morning with Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and “implored her that the Security Council has to produce a product condemning this killing and to go after those responsible for this massacre.”

Asked if Thomas-Greenfield was open to a ceasefire, which Washington has vetoed three times, Mansour said, “I think her heart is in the right place, but she is an official of an administration that receives instructions from Washington, D.C.”

Wood said the United States is still trying to gather all the facts about what happened, amid contradictory reports. The Israel Defense Forces says Gazans rushing the humanitarian convoy trampled each other and convoy vehicles, attempting to escape, ran over others.

The IDF said it opened fire, after issuing a warning, when Gazans approached a nearby military checkpoint. Israeli officials said soldiers aimed for the lower body of those who continued to approach the checkpoint.

Drone footage of the incident shows a large rush of Gazans swarming the convoy, which was attempting to deliver needed aid under challenging circumstances.

The United Nations said it was not involved in the delivery effort, as conditions have become too dangerous for it to operate there. It is unclear which countries, if any, besides Israel were involved in Thursday’s operation.

António Guterres, the U.N. secretary-general, said the situation “would require an effective independent investigation to detect how it was possible and those responsible for it.”

The Security Council’s proposed statement stresses the need to take all measures necessary to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, comply with international law and enable the immediate, safe, sustained and unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid.

It also urged Israel to keep border crossings open for aid delivery, facilitate the opening of more crossings and support the scaling up of aid delivery.

Wood said that council members are working “to see if we can find some language that everyone can agree on.”

Matthew Miller, the U.S. State Department spokesman, opened the department’s press briefing on Thursday “addressing the tragic incident in northern Gaza today, where more than 100 Palestinians are reported to have been killed and many more injured.”

“When it comes to establishing facts on the ground, we are urgently seeking additional information on exactly what took place,” he said. “We have been in touch with the Israeli government since early this morning and understand that an investigation is underway. We will be monitoring that investigation closely and pressing for answers.”

Miller added that there are “obviously, conflicting reports.”

“We’ve seen the reports from the government of Israel. We’ve seen accounts from local Palestinians who were on the scene. We don’t have ground truth on what happened,” he said. “We know what we’ve seen people say publicly, and we’re seeking more information and looking for the results of the investigation.”

“I don’t want to draw any conclusions about what appears happened, because I think it’s too early to say,” he added. “Oftentimes, the early accounts in these situations have turned out to be incorrect.”

Speaking before the U.N. Security Council on Feb. 27, Wood said, “Our hearts go out to the thousands of families in Gaza who cannot meet their basic needs.”

“Simply put, Israel must do more,” he said.

Republican senators tell Biden to stop ‘anti-settler’ sanctions

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President Joe Biden in Tel Aviv. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

By Vered Weiss, World Israel News

Nine Republican senators wrote a letter to US President Joe Biden urging him to rescind his policy of imposing sanctions on certain residents of Judea and Samaria and to retract his statements in a memo criticizing Israel’s operations in Gaza.

In early February, Biden announced that the US would issue financial and travel sanctions against Israeli settlers who have been accused of violence against Palestinians.

In addition, Biden issued a memo stating that the US may consider withholding aid from Israel until the administration received “certain assurances” that the IDF was not targeting Palestinian civilians.

The letter was signed by Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), along with Senators Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), Ted Budd (R-North Carolina), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Bill Hagerty (R-Tennessee), Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), Rick Scott (R-Florida), Katie Britt (R-Alabama), and Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska).

The letter said that Biden’s policy grants “the State Department broad authority to arbitrarily punish Israelis in Judea and Samaria, with no defined standards for determining when sanctions are warranted.”

It continued, “Under the guise of ‘peace, security, or stability’ … it appears the State Department can punish arbitrarily any Israeli it wants.”

The letter pointed out the hypocrisy of only penalizing Israelis but not similarly sanctioning Palestinians for violence.

“Yet, the State Department hasn’t acted against the Palestinian Authority, which makes “pay to slay” payments to terrorists for murdering innocent Israeli families,” the letter pointed out.

In addition, the letter criticized the State Department for not calling out the Palestinians in light of the violence against Israelis in Judea and Samaria which increased by 350% in 2023.

The letter also criticized a memo in which Biden implies Israel may be violating international law in the current conflict with Hamas.

“Your February 8 memorandum similarly—and falsely—implies that Israel is committing mass war crimes in its campaign against Hamas and threatens to cut off aid unless Israel meets arbitrary deadlines for providing “assurances” regarding international humanitarian law,” the letter said.

It continued, “Yet, we already have rules requiring aid recipients to comply with applicable law and in line with American interests.”

“Moreover, Israel has provided ample evidence of the steps it takes to avoid civilian casualties, which Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council, John Kirby, acknowledged publicly,” the letter stated.

The letter concluded with a demand that President Biden rescind his sanctions against residents of Judea and Samaria as well as his memorandum.

It also urged the President provide details on “the evidentiary basis and processes” used in the decision to sanction Israelis and to provide a full explanation on why the Biden Administration has decided not to also sanction Palestinians for violence against Israelis.

Hamas won’t be part of new Palestinian Authority gov’t, says PA official

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Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki (AP/Achmad Ibrahim)

By World Israel News Staff

Hamas will not be part of the new Palestinian Authority government, the PA’s foreign affairs minister said Wednesday, claiming that Hamas’ leadership understands the need to keep the Islamist terror group out of the new government.

The entire Palestinian Authority government submitted its resignation this week, including Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh.

The move is part of a U.S.-backed effort to create a new, reformed PA leadership positioned to reassert control over the Gaza Strip after the current war between Israel and Hamas.

While Shtayyeh said that the new PA government would seek to form a government with the Hamas, Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told a press conference at the sidelines of the 55th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva Wednesday that Hamas cannot be part of the new “technocratic” government which will be formed.

“The time now is not for a national coalition government,” Maliki told reporters, claiming that Hamas leaders understand the need to keep the Gaza-based terror group out of the new government.

“The time now is not for a government where Hamas will be part of it, because, in this case, then it will be boycotted by a number of countries, as happened before.”

“We don’t want to be in a situation like that. We want to be accepted and engaging fully with the international community.”

Despite al-Maliki’s comments, other senior PA officials have indicated they would either seek Hamas’ inclusion in the new government, or accept Hamas leadership should it win in an election.

Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said that PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas would accept the results of a future election which would allow Hamas to retain power in the Strip.

Ramallah is “prepared to hold general elections, and if Hamas wins, the president will hand over the Authority,” Abu Rudeineh told Al Arabiya News.

Unveiling Excellence: Newsweek-Statista’s 2024 Ranking of the World’s Best Hospitals

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Unveiling Excellence: Newsweek-Statista’s 2024 Ranking of the World’s Best Hospitals

Edited by: TJVNews.com

In the realm of healthcare, few decisions carry as much weight as the choice of which hospital to entrust with one’s well-being or that of a loved one. Recognizing the paramount importance of this decision, Newsweek has forged a formidable partnership with Statista to unveil an annual ranking of the world’s best hospitals. This collaboration, initiated in March 2019, has become a beacon of guidance for patients worldwide, offering invaluable insights into healthcare excellence across borders.

This year’s edition of the prestigious ranking encompasses a staggering 2,400 hospitals spanning 30 countries. Notably, the inclusion of Chile and Malaysia marks a significant expansion, reflecting a concerted effort to provide a more comprehensive representation of global healthcare standards. The participating countries encompass a diverse array of regions, including the United States, Western Europe, Scandinavia, 10 Asian nations, Australia, and several countries in the Americas.

One of the standout features of this year’s ranking is the spotlight on the top 10 hospitals worldwide, each distinguished not only by their exceptional care but also by their innovative utilization of artificial intelligence (AI) to propel medical discoveries forward. These institutions serve as trailblazers in harnessing the power of AI to revolutionize healthcare delivery and drive groundbreaking advancements in medical science.

The foundation of the Newsweek-Statista rankings lies in a robust methodology designed to capture the essence of healthcare excellence. The evaluation process begins with an extensive online survey involving over 85,000 medical experts, whose insights provide invaluable perspectives on hospital performance. Additionally, post-hospitalization patient surveys contribute crucial data on general satisfaction, offering firsthand accounts of the patient experience.

Moreover, the rankings take into account a myriad of metrics, including hygiene standards, patient-to-doctor ratios, and the integration of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs). PROMs, standardized questionnaires completed by patients, serve as a barometer of patient experience and outcomes, offering insights into the effectiveness of medical interventions from the patient’s perspective.

With billions of dollars invested in healthcare globally, the need for reliable data to inform decision-making has never been greater. The Newsweek-Statista rankings fill this crucial gap, providing patients, families, and healthcare executives with indispensable insights into the profiles of top-tier hospitals. From assessing clinical quality to gauging patient satisfaction, these rankings serve as a compass guiding stakeholders through the complex landscape of modern healthcare.

 

As the healthcare industry continues to evolve and expand, the demand for transparency and accountability remains paramount. The Newsweek-Statista rankings stand as a testament to the commitment of both organizations to uphold these principles, offering a comprehensive overview of the world’s best hospitals and their unwavering dedication to excellence in patient care. In an era defined by rapid technological advancement and unprecedented global challenges, these rankings serve as a beacon of hope, guiding individuals and institutions towards a future of improved health outcomes and enhanced well-being.

Based on the provided list, here is a compilation of the best hospitals in the world for 2024:

Mayo Clinic – Rochester (U.S.) – Rochester, Minnesota

Cleveland Clinic (U.S.) – Cleveland, Ohio

Toronto General – University Health Network (Canada) – Toronto, Ontario

The Johns Hopkins Hospital (U.S.) – Baltimore, Maryland

Massachusetts General Hospital (U.S.) – Boston, Massachusetts

The Johns Hopkins Hospital (U.S.) – Baltimore, Maryland

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Germany) – Berlin

Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset (Sweden) – Stockholm

AP-HP – Hôpital Universitaire Pitié Salpêtrière (France) – Paris

Sheba Medical Center (Israel) – Ramat Gan

Universitätsspital Zürich (Switzerland) – Zurich

Sheba Medical Center (Israel) – Ramat Gan

Singapore General Hospital (SGH) (Singapore) – Singapore

UCLA Health – Ronald Reagan Medical Center (U.S.) – Los Angeles, California

Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois (CHUV) (Switzerland) – Lausanne

Universitätsspital Basel (Switzerland) – Basel

Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg (Germany) – Heidelberg

Stanford Health Care – Stanford Hospital (U.S.) – Stanford, California

AP-HP – Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou (France) – Paris

The University of Tokyo Hospital (Japan) – Bunkyo

Brigham And Women’s Hospital (U.S.) – Boston, Massachusetts

The Mount Sinai Hospital (U.S.) – New York, New York

Rigshospitalet – Copenhagen, Denmark

Asan Medical Center – Seoul, South Korea

Aarhus Universitetshospital – Aarhus, Denmark

St. Luke’s International Hospital – Chuo, Japan

Allgemeines Krankenhaus der Stadt Wien – Medizinischer Universitätscampus – Vienna, Austria

LMU Klinikum – Munich, Germany

Klinikum rechts der Isar der Technischen Universität München – Munich, Germany

Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein – São Paulo, Brazil

Oslo Universitetssykehus – Oslo, Norway

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre – Toronto, Canada

Northwestern Memorial Hospital – Chicago, Illinois, United States

Mount Sinai Hospital – Toronto, Canada

Amsterdam UMC – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Samsung Medical Center – Seoul, South Korea

Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli – Rome, Italy

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St Thomas’ Hospital – London, United Kingdom

University of Michigan Hospitals – Michigan Medicine – Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

CHU Lille – Hôpital Claude-Huriez – Lille, France

Medizinische Hochschule Hannover – Hanover, Germany

Severance Hospital – Yonsei University – Seoul, South Korea

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – Los Angeles, California, United States

UMC Utrecht – Utrecht, The Netherlands

Seoul National University Hospital – Seoul, South Korea

UZ Leuven – Leuven, Belgium

Kameda Medical Center – Kamogawa, Japan

Hospital Universitario La Paz – Madrid, Spain

North York General Hospital – Toronto, Canada

Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf – Hamburg, Germany

UCSF Medical Center – San Francisco, California, United States

Helsinki University Hospital – Helsinki, Finland

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania – Penn Presbyterian – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Grande Ospedale Metropolitano Niguarda – Milan, Italy

Landeskrankenhaus Universitätskliniken Innsbruck – Innsbruck, Austria

Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre – Madrid, Spain

Hospital 12 de octubre | Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre

New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell – New York, New York, United States

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital – Camperdown, Australia

IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele – Gruppo San Donato – Milan, Italy

Radboud UMC – Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Clínic Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain

Mayo Clinic – Jacksonville – Jacksonville, Florida, United States

Erasmus MC – Rotterdam, The Netherlands

CHU Bordeaux – Groupe hospitalier Pellegrin – Bordeaux, France

Hôpitaux Universitaires Genève (HUG) – Geneva, Switzerland

Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center – Tel Aviv, Israel

Istituto Clinico Humanitas – Rozzano, Italy

Policlinico Sant’Orsola-Malpighi – Bologna, Italy

Universitätsklinikum Freiburg – Freiburg, Germany

Duke University Hospital – Durham, North Carolina, United States

Kyushu University Hospital – Higashi, Japan

Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron – Barcelona, Spain

Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum – Leiden, The Netherlands

Hirslanden – Klinik Hirslanden – Zurich, Switzerland

Landeskrankenhaus – Universitätsklinikum Graz – Graz, Austria

Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset – Gothenburg, Sweden

Akademiska Sjukhuset – Uppsala, Sweden

Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón – Madrid, Spain

Uniklinik Köln – Cologne, Germany

Mayo Clinic – Phoenix – Phoenix, Arizona, United States

National University Hospital (NUH) – Singapore, Singapore

National University Hospital (NUH) – Singapore, Singapore

Clínica Universidad de Navarra – Pamplona/Iruña, Spain

Seoul National University – Bundang Hospital – Seongnam, South Korea

Hospital Sírio Libanês – São Paulo, Brazil

Guy’s Hospital – London, United Kingdom

University College Hospital – London, United Kingdom

Odense Universitetshospital – Odense, Denmark

Nagoya University Hospital – Nagoya, Japan

Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal – Montreal, Canada

Center Hospital of the National Center for Global Health and Medicine – Shinjuku, Japan

NYU Langone Hospitals – New York, New York, United States

ELSAN – Santé Atlantique – Saint-Herblain, France

Addenbrooke’s – Cambridge, United Kingdom

Aalborg Universitetshospital – Aalborg, Denmark

Houston Methodist Hospital – Houston, Texas, United States

Gangnam Severance Hospital – Yonsei University – Seoul, South Korea

AP-HM – Hôpital de la Timone – Marseille, France

Kyoto University Hospital – Sakyo, Japan

The Alfred – Melbourne, Australia

The Alfred – Melbourne, Australia

Rush University Medical Center – Chicago, Illinois, United States

Universitätsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus Dresden – Dresden, Germany

Universitätsklinikum Tübingen – Tübingen, Germany

Hôpital Paris Saint-Joseph – Paris, France

Royal Melbourne Hospital – Parkville – Parkville, Australia

Azienda ospedaliera universitaria integrata Verona – Verona, Italy

The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital – Seoul, South Korea

Vanderbilt University Medical Center – Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Montreal General Hospital – McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) – Montreal, Canada

UZ Gent – Ghent, Belgium

Universitätsklinikum Erlangen – Erlangen, Germany

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Tan Tock Seng Hospital – Singapore, Singapore

Keio University Hospital – Shinjuku, Japan

John Radcliffe Hospital – Oxford, United Kingdom

All India Institute of Medical Sciences – Delhi – New Delhi, India

Kepler Universitätsklinikum – Linz, Austria

Maastricht UMC+ – Maastricht, The Netherlands

Mount Elizabeth Hospital – Orchard – Singapore, Singapore

Ospedale Policlinico San Matteo – Pavia, Italy

Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova – Padua, Italy

Hospital Alemão Oswaldo Cruz – São Paulo, Brazil

Ajou University Hospital – Suwon, South Korea

Turku University Hospital – Turku, Finland

University of Chicago Medical Center – Chicago, Illinois, United States

St. Claraspital – Basel, Switzerland

St. Antonius – Nieuwegein, The Netherlands

UCLA Health – Santa Monica Medical Center – Santa Monica, California, United States

Tampere University Hospital – Tampere, Finland

Jewish General Hospital – Montreal, Canada

Unity Health Toronto – St. Michael’s Hospital – Toronto, Canada

Universitätsklinikum Bonn – Bonn, Germany

Bumrungrad International Hospital – Bangkok, Thailand

Hospices Civils de Lyon – Hôpital Lyon Sud (HCL) – Pierre Benite, France

Hospital Moinhos de Vento – Porto Alegre, Brazil

Skånes Universitetssjukhus – Lund – Lund, Sweden

Royal North Shore Hospital – St Leonards, Australia

Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII – Bergamo, Italy

Hôpital Purpan – Toulouse, France

Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health – San Diego, California, United States

St. Olavs Hospital – Trondheim, Norway

Landeskrankenhaus Salzburg – Universitätsklinikum der PMU – Salzburg, Austria

Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen – Groningen, The Netherlands

University of Wisconsin Hospitals – Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Lindenhofspital – Bern, Switzerland

Hirslanden Klinik Aarau – Aarau, Switzerland

Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal – Madrid, Spain

VCH – Vancouver General Hospital – Vancouver, Canada

Barnes-Jewish Hospital – Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc – Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe, Belgium

Inha University Hospital – Incheon Metropolitan City, South Korea

Universitätsklinikum Ulm – Ulm, Germany

Universitätsklinikum Essen – Essen, Germany

Haukeland Universitetssykehus – Bergen, Norway

Kangbuk Samsung Hospital – Seoul, South Korea

AP-HM – Hôpital Nord – Marseille, France

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center – Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Ordensklinikum Linz Elisabethinen – Linz, Austria

Changi General Hospital (CGH) – Singapore

Hospices Civils de Lyon – Hôpital Louis Pradel – Bron, France

Rabin Medical Center – Beilinson Hospital – Petah Tikva, Israel

Emory University Hospital – Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Korea University – Anam Hospital – Seoul, South Korea

Universitätsklinikum Frankfurt – Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Fundación Valle Del Lili – Cali, Colombia

Universitetssykehuset Nord-Norge – Tromsø, Norway

ULB – Hôpital Erasme – Anderlecht/Laken/Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe, Belgium

Presidio Ospedaliero Molinette – A.O.U. Città della Salute e della Scienza – Turin, Italy

Medanta The Medicity – Gurugram, India

Gleneagles Hospital – Singapore

Toranomon Hospital – Minato, Japan

University of Washington Medical Center – Seattle, Washington, United States

The Catholic University of Korea, Yeouido St. Mary’s Hospital – Seoul, South Korea

Hospital Santa Catarina Paulista – São Paulo, Brazil

Osaka University Hospital – Suita, Japan

Clínica Alemana Vitacura – Santiago, Chile

The Royal Victoria Infirmary – Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

University of California – Davis Medical Center – Sacramento, California, United States

Universitätsmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz – Mayence, Germany

Kurashiki Central Hospital – Kurashiki, Japan

AP-HP – Hôpital Bichat – Claude-Bernard – Paris, France

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital – London, United Kingdom

Universitätsmedizin Göttingen – Göttingen, Germany

Hospital Universitari i Politècnic La Fe – Valencia, Spain

Yale New Haven Hospital – New Haven, Connecticut, United States

Hospital Clínico San Carlos – Madrid, Spain

St. Bartholomew’s Hospital – London, United Kingdom

AP-HP – Hôpital Cochin – Paris, France

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Careggi – Florence, Italy

Juntendo University Hospital – Bunkyo, Japan

St Vincent’s Hospital – Fitzroy – Fitzroy, Australia

St Vincent’s Hospital – Fitzroy – Fitzroy, Australia

Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocío – Seville, Spain

Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf – Düsseldorf, Germany

Österreichische Gesundheitskasse – Mein Hanusch-Krankenhaus – Vienna, Austria

University of Colorado Hospital – Aurora, Colorado, United States

AP-HP – Hôpital Saint-Antoine – Paris, France

Skånes Universitetssjukhus – Malmö – Malmö, Sweden

Kuopio University Hospital – Kuopio, Finland

Clinique Générale-Beaulieu – Geneva, Switzerland

Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus – Stuttgart, Germany

Clinique Pasteur – Toulouse, France

Hospital das Clínicas da Universidade de São Paulo – São Paulo, Brazil

Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital – Herston, Australia

Presidio Ospedaliero Spedali Civili di Brescia – Brescia, Italy

Hospital Universitario Fundación Jiménez Díaz – Madrid, Spain

University of Utah Hospital – Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Universitetssjukhuset i Linköping – Linköping, Sweden

Hokkaido University Hospital – Sapporo, Japan

Inselspital – Universitätsspital Bern – Bern, Switzerland

KyungHee University Medical Center – Seoul, South Korea

Universitätsklinikum Würzburg – Würzburg, Germany

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham – Birmingham, United Kingdom

Azienda Ospedaliera-Universitaria Sant’Andrea – Rome, Italy

Japanese Red Cross Medical Center – Shibuya, Japan

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla – La Jolla, California, United States

Chung-Ang University Hospital – Seoul, South Korea

IRCCS Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova – Reggio Nell’Emilia, Italy

Hospital Médica Sur – Mexico City, Mexico

Universitätsklinikum Münster – Münster, Germany

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla – La Jolla, California, United States

Taipei Veterans General Hospital – Taipei, Taiwan

Hospices Civils de Lyon – Hôpital Edouard Herriot – Lyon, France

National University Hospital (NUH) – Singapore, Singapore

Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro – Majadahonda, Spain

Konkuk University Medical Center – Seoul, South Korea

Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital – Kobe, Japan

Ewha Womans University Medical Center – Seoul, South Korea

UZA – Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen – Edegem, Belgium

Freeman Hospital – Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

University of Kansas Hospital – Kansas City, Kansas, United States

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH&RC) – Riyadh – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Norrlands Universitetssjukhus – Umeå, Sweden

King’s College Hospital – London, United Kingdom

King’s College Hospital – London, United Kingdom

Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital – Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Sunway Medical Centre – Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau – Barcelona, Spain

Daegu Catholic University Medical Center – Daegu Metropolitan City, South Korea

University of Virginia Medical Center – Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

IMSS – Centro Médico Nacional Siglo XXI – Mexico City, Mexico

Universitätsklinikum Leipzig – Leipzig, Germany

Diakonhjemmet Sykehus – Oslo, Norway

Virginia Mason Medical Center – Seattle, Washington, United States

Uniklinik RWTH Aachen – Aachen, Germany

Tufts Medical Center – Boston, Massachusetts, United States

UT Southwestern Medical Center – Dallas, Texas, United States

Fundación Santa Fe De Bogotá – Bogotá, Colombia

Kardinal Schwarzenberg Klinikum – Schwarzach im Pongau, Austria

PGIMER – Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research – Chandigarh, India

Torrance Memorial Medical Center – Torrance, California, United States

Akershus Universitetssykehus – Nordbyhagen Hospital – Lørenskog, Norway

Toronto Western – University Health Network – Toronto, Canada

Isala Zwolle – Zwolle, The Netherlands

This compilation includes hospitals from various countries across continents, showcasing the global nature of healthcare excellence. Each of these institutions has demonstrated exceptional standards of medical care, advanced technology, and a commitment to patient well-being, earning them a place among the world’s best hospitals for the year 2024.

San Jose University Professor Placed on Leave After Altercation With Protestors

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A view of San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif., on Oct. 21, 2020. (David Lam/The Epoch Times)

By Micaela Ricaforte(Epoch Times)

A San Jose State University (SJSU) professor has been placed on administrative leave after an altercation with students during a campus protest related to the Israel-Hamas war.

The university’s president, Cynthia Teniente-Matson, informed the school’s community about the Feb. 19 incident in an email the following day, without identifying the faculty member.
“A SJSU employee involved in the altercation has been placed on administrative leave, pending additional review pursuant to campus protocols,” the president stated. “A review of the circumstances surrounding yesterday’s incident is ongoing and other members of the SJSU community may also face administrative action based on reported activities that do not align with campus policy.”

There were no physical injuries reported and no police charges filed, according to the email.

However, Ms. Teniente-Matson warned the community, “I want to be clear—physical altercations or threatening behaviors that jeopardize the safety and security of any member of our university community will not be tolerated.”

The president also affirmed the university’s commitment to free speech.

“Our campus values the right to free speech and respects the academic freedom of our faculty and students,” she stated. “At the same time, we also value the right of everyone in our community to learn in a safe environment that privileges dialogue and engagement. Our campus policies and protocols affirm these commitments and guide our ongoing effort to advance knowledge while also providing safe space for alternative voices to be heard.”
Media Reports Identify Professor

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that another faculty member identified the professor involved in the altercation as history professor Jonathan Roth, the 2019 recipient of the university’s Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes faculty leadership.

According to the Los Angeles Times, video footage of the incident showed a pro-Palestine student attempting to block Mr. Roth from recording the protest on his phone. The professor grabbed the student’s arm and twisted it before other students confronted the man, reported the news outlet. San Jose police officers then escorted the professor away from the scene.

The protest took place during a classroom presentation by guest lecturer Jeffrey Blutinger, a professor at California State University–Long Beach who specializes in Jewish history, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Mr. Bultinger’s guest lecture was called “Constructing a Just Solution: Where Israelis and Palestinians Go From Here,” the Chronicle reported.

Epstein Grand Jury Testimony May Be Released Under New Florida Law

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This March 28, 2017 photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. Nearly four years after Epstein died in jail in New York, the AP has obtained more than 4,000 pages of documents related to his death from the Bureau of Prisons under the Freedom of Information Law. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

T.J. Muscaro (Epoch Times) Florida’s newest law intends to pull back the curtain on what happened in the Jeffrey Epstein grand jury inquiry nearly two decades ago.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 117 on Feb. 29, which, he said, would “effectively compel” courts to disclose the testimonies of Epstein’s victims for the first time.

“They say that justice delayed is justice denied,” he said. “I think, in many respects, this whole ordeal has proven that to be true.”

The Palm Beach Police Department asked the state attorney to charge Epstein in 2006 with multiple felonies, including unlawful sexual activity with a minor. That state attorney chose to present the evidence to a grand jury, which means that all who came forward and the testimonies they shared would be kept secret.

The governor signed the bill at the Palm Beach Police Department in the presence of Epstein victims Haley Robson and Jena-Lisa Cordobez.

“I am just trying to put pieces together—the final pieces of this puzzle—to help me move on and finally get the peace that I deserve for my life,” Ms. Robson said. “I’m just so grateful, and I would really just want to know why was Jeffrey Epstein given such grace and mercy for his inhumane crimes, and why were we so ousted in the media and treated so poorly.”

“We have had no closure whatsoever on what has happened with these crimes,” Ms. Cordobez said, adding that hundreds of girls could have been saved if answers to what happened in 2006 had been revealed sooner.

Mr. DeSantis said that there are reasons why strong grand jury secrecy laws are in place, as it is a one-sided situation in which the testifying witnesses are not subject to cross-examination as they would be in a trial, and the accused party is not present.

However, he also said that there are circumstances that warrant the release of the otherwise secret information, one of which is if justice demands it, and that it is “in the interest of justice” that the grand jury testimonies are released.   “The public deserves to know who participated in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking,” he said. “Nobody should be protected from facing justice due to their wealth or status, and those who harm children should be exposed and punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

Bipartisan Exceptions for Disclosure

The new legislation was a bipartisan effort that was passed unanimously in both the House of Representatives and state Senate and lists specific exceptions that essentially describe the Epstein case.

Testimony disclosure is now permissible if the subject of the grand jury inquiry is dead, if the investigation is about sexual activity with a minor, and if the testimony was previously disclosed by a court order.

Joseph Abruzzo is a former state senator from Palm Beach and currently a clerk at the circuit court who helped draft the bill and worked with sponsors on both sides of the aisle.

He told The Epoch Times that it took about three years to get this legislation signed into law and that it was inspired by previous rulings that stated the law had to be changed in order for the records to be released.

He said it was a “priceless moment” to see Republicans and Democrats come together to pass legislation and “hopefully add a whole new era of transparency to the horrific Jeffrey Epstein case.”

Some questions remain unanswered, specifically whether the courts would still be able to enforce any redactions in the files and whether these exceptions can apply to other cases, such as sexual abuse charges made against the Catholic Church.

“You could absolutely have that if you had somebody that was abused decades ago, and there had been a grand jury investigation that was unsatisfactory,” Mr. DeSantis said, adding that such a petition could also qualify if the alleged perpetrator is already dead.

“I think they structured it with that in mind,” he said of the legislators.

However, Mr. Abruzzo didn’t agree that the application goes beyond Epstein.

“The way that it is drafted … it would be nearly impossible for this law to apply for any other case,” he said.

Hope for Justice

Starting July 1, people will be able to petition for the release of the testimonies and appeal previous rulings that struck down a disclosure request.

The governor said that what was going on in Florida was only a fraction of the massive operation that was also active in New York City and the Virgin Islands and called the relative lack of justice brought down on Epstein and his former girlfriend and fellow convicted sex offender Ghislaine Maxwell a “big black spot on our justice system.” He also challenged President Joe Biden to release the federal Epstein files.

“We’re happy in Florida to be leading the effort for transparency and for accountability because what happened was clearly wrong,” he said. “And the punishment was simply wholly inadequate to the crime.”

Still, Florida’s legislation is seen as a positive step forward.

Ms. Cordobez told The Epoch Times that this was probably the first time in a long time that she actually had some hope.

Ms. Robson told The Epoch Times that she thinks the passing of this bill is “the final chapter” and that there is going to be a lot of vindication not just for her but for all victims, including those in instances beyond the Epstein case.

“This isn’t just about now, this isn’t just about Jeffrey Epstein,” she said. “This is about the future victim. This is about the future pedophiles. There’s got to be some type of justice. You cannot just continue to sweep crimes against kids under the rug. This isn’t how it works. It’s America.”

Judge Gives Trump Lifeline in NY Fraud Case: Law Professor

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Former President Donald Trump faces a daunting $355 million civil fraud ruling that was handed down on Friday by a New York City judge. Credit: AP

Jack Phillips (Epoch Times)

Former President Donald Trump and his two sons can borrow money and can continue to conduct business in New York as they appeal a judge’s civil fraud verdict, although the judgment against the former president, which is over $450 million, will remain in effect.

State Appellate Court Judge Anil Singh handed down a partial stay in the fraud verdict, blocking a several-year ban on business operations and applications for loans in New York. While the Trump lawyers have not commented on whether or not they will try to get a loan, it could allow the former president to borrow money and post the full bond amount.
The judge handed down an “interim stay” on the order that blocked the defendants from “applying for loans from any financial institution charged and registered” in the state of New York, according to the Wednesday ruling.

 

Judge Arthur Engoron’s Feb. 16 verdict had barred President Trump, his company, and co-defendants from borrowing money from New York financial institutions. The Republican presidential front-runner’s lawyers had told the appellate court earlier Wednesday that the lending ban had made it impossible for him to secure a bond for the full amount.
Professor’s Response

Georgetown University law professor Jonathan Turley wrote it could mean that he still has “an astronomical bond burden but gives him more leeway in financing this critical deposit” with loans.

But he noted later that “a bond would still cost Trump a considerable amount even if he prevails” in the appeal. Meanwhile, he faces other problems because he faces another payment for his appeal in a separate case involving writer E. Jean Carroll, he wrote.

“The problem with the full deposit demand is that there is limited time remaining and the added $90 million for the Carroll case appeal. It is not clear if or how Trump can collateralize his properties for a loan to avoid a distress price sale of properties,” Mr. Turley wrote.

“Banks may have to weigh the merits of a novel case to judge the risk. Ordinarily, such risk or unknowns impact the conditions of the loan,” he continued to say.

President Trump’s lawyers warned he may need to sell some properties to cover the penalty and would have no way of getting them back if he is successful in his appeal. State lawyers said those disclosures suggested the former president was having trouble coming up with enough cash to foot the bill. The penalty is increasing by nearly $112,000 each day because of interest and will eclipse $455 million on Saturday.

“The exorbitant and punitive amount of the judgment coupled with an unlawful and unconstitutional blanket prohibition on lending transactions would make it impossible to secure and post a complete bond,” Trump lawyers Clifford Robert, Alina Habba, and Michael Farina wrote in court papers detailing the $100 million bond offer.

Lawyers for New York Attorney General Letitia James, who brought case against President Trump and his company, argued the court should reject his request, saying he “has insufficient liquid assets to satisfy the judgment.”

In response, the judge denied President Trump’s request to halt the massive financial penalties against him and rejected his offer for a $100 million bond.

“The interim stay is denied as to the enforcement of the monetary judgment and the installation of an Independent Director of Compliance,” he wrote Wednesday.

 

Judge Singh’s decision is temporary. A five-judge appellate panel will consider President Trump’s request on an expedited basis, with a ruling expected in a few weeks. State lawyers must submit paperwork by March 11. The former president’s lawyers have until March 18 to respond.

President Trump maintains that he is worth several billion dollars and testified last year that he had about $400 million in cash, in addition to properties and other investments, but his legal bills are piling up. In all, the former president has at least $543.4 million in personal legal liabilities from Judge Engoron’s ruling and two other civil court judgments in the last year.

In January, a jury ordered the former president to pay $83.3 million to writer E. Jean Carroll for allegedly defaming her after she accused him in 2019 of sexually assaulting her in the 1990s. President Trump was also ordered to pay Ms. Carroll $5 million a jury awarded her in a related trial last year.

He denies the allegations and also denied wrongdoing in the civil fraud case, arguing that both cases are politically motivated.

Outside of the fraud case, President Trump faces criminal charges in Atlanta, Washington, New York City in Florida. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

In New York City, a judge set a March 25 trial date for a case alleging that President Trump falsified business records for payments he made toward the end of the 2016 campaign. This week, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a Democrat who brought the charges, requested the judge to hand down a gag order on the former president before the trial starts.

“Those remarks, as well as the inevitable reactions they incite from defendant’s followers and allies, pose a significant and imminent threat to the orderly administration of this criminal proceeding and a substantial likelihood of causing material prejudice,” prosecutors wrote.

A Trump campaign spokesman told news outlets that the request is “an unconstitutional infringement on President Trump’s First Amendment rights, including his ability to defend himself, and the rights of all Americans” to hear from the former president, a leading Republican presidential candidate.

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