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Friday, January 27, 2023

One morning in October 2017, Allison Guerriero noticed something unusual on the floor of her boyfriend's Park Slope, Brooklyn, apartment: a bag full of cash. There it was, lying next to his shoes, near the futon, the kind of bag that liquor stores give out. Inside were bundles of bills, big denominations bound up with rubber bands. It didn't seem like something he should be carrying around. After all, her boyfriend, Charles F. McGonigal, held one of the most senior and sensitive positions in the FBI.

New York Republican Rep. George Santos, who previously claimed to be the grandson of Holocaust survivors, took to the House floor Friday afternoon to acknowledge the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The representative has been under fire for lying about his education and work history. He admitted to embellishing his resume and religion, called himself Jewish before pivoting to say he's "Jew-ish." Santos, during his one-minute floor speech Friday, acknowledged his staffer's grandmother who is a 93-year-old Auschwitz survivor. "Antisemitism is a plague in this nation and it is undoubtedly up to us to ensure this kind of tragedy is never to be seen again," he said.

Truth Social -- which prides itself on sparking an "open, free, and honest global conversation" by largely avoiding content moderation altogether -- has seemingly attracted no major advertisers.

The number of graves at a cemetery used by Russia's notorious mercenary Wagner Group has dramatically grown over the last two months, satellite images show. A photograph taken on Jan. 24 by Maxar Technologies, a U.S. defense contractor headquartered in Colorado, shows at least 121 burial plots in a section of the cemetery allotted to fighters from the private military company. An image of the same area taken on Nov. 24 appears to show around 17 graves, suggesting that in two months there has been around a sevenfold increase, according to an NBC News analysis of the site on the outskirts of the village of Bakinskaya, in southwestern Russia.

Body-camera footage captured violent moment David DePape allegedly attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer in San Francisco home just after 2 a.m. on Oct. 28, 2022. Credit: San Francisco Police

Writer Charles C.W. Cooke went after former President Donald Trump and the ivory tower that is his social media site Truth Social. In a new piece for National Review, Cooke declared that Trump has "completely lost" it.

A leaked internal Twitter message appears to show that Elon Musk directly ordered staff to suspend a left-wing activist's account on the social-media platform. Bloomberg said it viewed a screenshot of the message in question, involving the account of Chad Loder, which read: "Suspension: direct request from Elon Musk." Loder, who uses they/them pronouns, describes themself on their Mastodon profile as a community activist, cybersecurity expert, and citizen journalist. Their investigation into the US Capitol riot on January 6, 2021 led to the arrest of a masked member of the far-right Proud Boys organisation who'd attacked police officers, The Intercept reported. Loder told Insider's Sawdah Bhaimiya they suspected the suspension resulted from an "organized mass-reporting campaign," whereby a right-wing group published a Substack blog with instructions on how to falsely report breaches of Twitter's rules by particular accounts " with Loder's profile listed near the top.

CARLSON: I'm completely in favor of a Bay of Pigs operation to liberate that country. Why should we stand back and let our biggest trading partner, the country with which we share the longest border, and actually, I'll just say, a great country, I love Canada, I've always loved Canada because of its natural beauty, why should we let it become Cuba? Like, why don't we liberate it? We're spending all this money to liberate Ukraine from the Russians, why are we not sending an armed force north to liberate Canada from Trudeau? And, I mean it.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued proposed guidance Friday to ease restrictions on blood donations by men who have sex with men.

Asawin Suebsaeng, Patrick Reis - 13 people were executed in the final six months of the Trump administration - more federal executions than in the previous 10 administrations combined. Of the 13, six were put to death after Trump lost the election, his Justice Department accelerating the schedule to ensure they would die before the incoming administration could intercede. Read more

Days before then-President Donald Trump left the White House, federal prosecutors in New York discussed whether to potentially charge Trump with campaign finance crimes once he was out of office, according to a new book from CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig. Prosecutors from the Southern District of New York developed significant evidence against Trump when they charged his former attorney Michael Cohen in 2018 over a hush money scheme paying two women claiming affairs with Trump, including adult film star Stormy Daniels, Honig writes. But prosecutors did not consider charging Trump at the time because of longstanding Justice Department guidance that a sitting president cannot be indicted. Read more

In recent years, researchers have noticed that fewer tornadoes were touching down in the Great Plains and that more were hitting the Southeast.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

A Sioux Falls businessman charged with possession of child pornography is awaiting his next court appearance. According to court documents filed in Lincoln County, on September 25th of 2022, an employee at the electronic service provider Dropbox saw a file believed to be child pornography. That cyber tip was passed on to an agent with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. Agents then searched a home belonging to Rocky Hayes near a Harrisburg elementary school. Court papers say they found two additional videos on an external hard drive in his home office. As of 2020, Rocky Hayes was listed as the chairman of the Jones County Republican party.

A onetime colleague of accused FBI turncoat Charles McGonigal says the former top counterintelligence official was an "egotistical narcissist" who frequently "screamed at subordinates," resented the successes of underlings and may well have been part of an anti-Hillary Clinton clique in the New York office who helped pressure FBI Director James Comey to reopen the bureau's investigation of her wayward emails only days before the 2016 election.

Patch reports that in March 2011, Santos commented on a Facebook photo shared by a friend showing "someone making what appears to be a military salute with the caption something like Hitler'." Commenting below, Santos allegedly wrote: "hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh hiiiiiiiiiiiitlerrrrrrrrrrr (hight hitler) lolololololololololololol sombody kill her!! the jews and black mostly lolllolol!!! Dum." A former friend told the outlet they recalled seeing the offensive comment, took a screenshot and sent it along. Patch says it also "verified through another former friend, Gregory Morey-Parker, that the original Facebook post under which Santos wrote the Hitler comment existed." Presumably that will not be the case for very long. Morey-Parker, who was also once roommates with Santos, also told Patch that the newly sworn-in congressman would regularly make offensive jokes, typically about paying the bill for meals, "but he brushed it off saying he was Jewish.

For the last year, President Joe Biden has released a record amount of oil from America's petroleum reserves in order to increase oil supply and lower the price of gasoline that skyrocketed at the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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