Former Senate Security Chief Mysteriously Dies One Day Before Abruptly Added Jan. 6 Hearing; Secret Service Says Committee Didn’t Reach Out Before Bombshell Testimony

By Radar Online. The man responsible for maintaining Capitol security and protecting the Senate on the day of the deadly Jan. 6 riot in 2021 has suddenly died, Radar can confirm.

Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger, 71, died on June 27 — one day before Tuesday’s abruptly scheduled Jan. 6 panel hearing in which a former aide to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was to testify about recently obtained evidence, officials said.

Stenger’s cause of death has not been released, however, a woman answering the phone at his family’s Virginia home told The New York Post: “The family is not here, it’s nobody’s business.” (Read more from “Former Senate Security Chief Mysteriously Dies One Day Before Abruptly Added Jan. 6 Hearing” HERE)

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Secret Service Says Jan. 6 Committee Didn’t Reach Out Before Bombshell Testimony on Trump Lunging at Agent

By Fox News. The January 6 Committee didn’t reach out to the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) before its Tuesday hearing regarding an allegation that former President Donald Trump lunged at one of its agents and tried to grab the steering wheel of a presidential vehicle, an agency spokesman said.

USSS spokesperson Anthony Gugliemi confirmed to Fox News Wednesday that the committee did not contact it in the days ahead of the hearing, after it was first reported by Politico. The committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News. . .

However, a source close to Ornato told Fox News that he watched the hearing yesterday and was shocked when Hutchinson made the allegation about the steering wheel. (Read more from “Secret Service Says Jan. 6 Committee Didn’t Reach Out Before Bombshell Testimony on Trump Lunging at Agent” HERE)

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Soaring Crime Has Businesses Packing Their Bags in Dem-Run City

A business owner in Chicago, Illinois tells Fox News Digital that skyrocketing crime in the city forced him to quit doing business in town adding to the list of individuals and businesses that have fled Illinois over the past couple of years amid surging crime.

Gary Rabine, founder of the Rabine Group and owner of 13 businesses, told Fox News Digital this week that surging crime in Chicago was a driving factor in his decision to pull his road paving company out of the city after his crews were repeatedly robbed, sometimes in broad daylight, even after adding security to the jobs.

“We would do thousands of jobs a year in the city, but as we got robbed more, my people operating rollers and pavers we got robbed, our equipment would get stolen in broad daylight and there would usually be a gun involved, and it got expensive and it got dangerous,” Rabine told Fox News Digital. . .

Last week, billionaire Ken Griffin announced he is moving his hedge-fund firm Citadel Securities out of Chicago after citing crime as a major concern over the past few months.

“If people aren’t safe here, they’re not going to live here,” Griffin told the Wall Street Journal in April. “I’ve had multiple colleagues mugged at gunpoint. I’ve had a colleague stabbed on the way to work. Countless issues of burglary. I mean, that’s a really difficult backdrop with which to draw talent to your city from.” (Read more from “Soaring Crime Has Businesses Packing Their Bags in Dem-Run City” HERE)

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Is Nancy Pelosi’s Time as Democrats House Leader Over?

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has been leading Democrats in the House of Representatives for almost 20 years, but her political future is once again the subject of speculation as her party looks set for major midterm defeats.

Pelosi previously said she would not remain in the leadership beyond 2022, yet has made no formal announcement that she will not seek to continue following this year’s midterm elections.

CNN reported in December that Pelosi had not ruled out staying in the top job after the midterms, citing sources familiar with her thinking, and her announcement in January that she’s seeking re-election in her district has added to the debate about her plans. . .

A Morning Consult poll conducted in February found that 60 percent of registered voters surveyed believed Pelosi should step aside from the Democratic leadership. Another 24 percent said she should remain and 16 percent did not know or had no opinion. (Read more from “Is Nancy Pelosi’s Time as Democrats House Leader Over?” HERE)

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Media Outraged Facebook Won’t Allow Black Market for Abortion Drugs

After ignoring (or even celebrating) six years of political censorship and election interference, leftists have found a Facebook content moderation policy they disagree with — a longstanding ban on using the platform to distribute illicit prescription drugs. . .

What has changed is the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that made abortion legal throughout the country.

In the wake of the Court’s ruling, users began flooding Facebook with posts advertising abortion pills, offering to mail them to other users, or explaining how to obtain them.

Abortion pills are prescription-only, and in line with its policy, Facebook began taking down the posts — leading to immediate outrage from the media.

“It’s staggering that, at the very time women most need information about and access to these medications, Facebook and Instagram are making it hard for them to find it,” wrote a columnist for NBC News. (Read more from “Media Outraged Facebook Won’t Allow Black Market for Abortion Drugs” HERE)

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U.S. Bolsters Long-Term Troop Presence in Europe as Russia-Ukraine War Drags On

The future of America’s long-term troop presence in Europe came into focus Wednesday as President Biden announced new plans to permanently place fresh U.S. personnel in Poland, air defense batteries in Italy and Germany, and a host of other steps as NATO reinforces its front line as relations deteriorate badly with Russia in the wake of Moscow‘s invasion of Ukraine.

The new deployments, unveiled during this week’s high-stakes NATO summit in Madrid, provide some answers to lingering questions about the Pentagon’s plans for its posture in Europe amid a Russia-Ukraine war that appears destined to drag on for months, or perhaps even years. The number of American forces in Europe has ballooned from about 65,000 to over 100,000 in the four months since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his attack on Ukraine, but military officials have been dogged by questions about how long those forces would remain on the continent and what metrics the Pentagon might use to determine when some could redeploy to other theaters or return home.

Wednesday’s announcement makes clear the U.S. is prepared to enhance its presence in Europe for the foreseeable future — a move that is sure to anger the Kremlin and ratchet up already sky-high tensions between Russia and the West.

“The United States and our allies, we are going to step up — we are stepping up. We’re proving that NATO is more needed now than it ever has been and is as important as it ever has been,” Mr. Biden said Wednesday. (Read more from “U.S. Bolsters Long-Term Troop Presence in Europe as Russia-Ukraine War Drags On” HERE)

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Jan 6 Committee Member Admits Star Witness’ Evidence Is Hearsay

The January 6 Committee unveiled its surprise star witness on Tuesday — Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows — yet committee member Rep. Jaime Raskin (D-MD) admitted that her testimony was only hearsay.

Hutchinson testified before the committee that Secret Service agent Anthony Ornato told her that on January 6, 2021, then-President Donald Trump attempted to grab the steering wheel of the presidential limo “The Beast” and commandeer the vehicle to the U.S. Capitol to join protesters upset about the 2020 presidential election results. She added that the president was rebuffed by the head of Trump’s Secret Service detail, Robert Engel, who grabbed the president’s wrist. She then claimed that Ornato told her that Trump reached for Engel’s clavicle with his free hand.

While told vividly, the story seemed to lack any hard evidence and was only a second-hand account. CNN’s Jake Tapper pressed Raskin on that point Tuesday evening and asked for any subsequent corroboration from previous testimony.

“She did not see it happen,” Tapper said to Raskin Tuesday evening. “Do you have any corroborating evidence? You have interviewed both Ornato, or the committee has interviewed both Engle and Ornato, two Secret Service agents. Do you have any corroborating evidence that that story is true or do you only have it from Cassidy Hutchinson?”

Raskin could not provide any solid proof besides implying that it sounded true. (Read more from “Jan 6 Committee Member Admits Star Witness’ Evidence Is Hearsay” HERE)

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Liberal Supreme Court Justice Announces His Last Day

Outgoing Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who announced his retirement earlier this year after a leak and heavy pressure from leftist organization Demand Justice, will official depart the bench on Thursday, June 30 at noon.

“This past January, I wrote to inform you of my intent to retire from regular active service as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, upon the Court rising for its summer recess. You have nominated and the United States Senate has confirmed the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson to succeed me in the office, and I understand that she is prepared to take the prescribed oaths to begin her service as the 116th member of this Court,” Breyer wrote in a letter to President Joe Biden Wednesday. (Read more from “Liberal Supreme Court Justice Announces His Last Day” HERE)

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Joe Rogan Reveals Which Republican He Thinks Would Be a ‘Good President’ in 2024

Joe Rogan is a fan of Ron DeSantis and thinks the Florida governor would make a good president.

The podcast giant shared his thoughts on 2024 with actress Gina Carano on Tuesday’s episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

“So all this stuff is happening while we have a dead man as a president,” Rogan said, deriding President Joe Biden.

“Are you throwing out any support towards anyone or are you gonna hold off?” Carano asked about the impending 2024 presidential election. “Didn’t Elon Musk come out recently for DeSantis?” . . .

“I think Ron DeSantis would work as a good president,” Rogan told Carano. “I mean, what he’s done for Florida has been admirable.” (Read more from “Joe Rogan Reveals Which Republican He Thinks Would Be a ‘Good President’ in 2024” HERE)

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Barr: Public Schools Are Now So Hostile to Christians, They’re Unconstitutional

The West is facing its deepest civilizational crisis since Jesus Christ resurrected, and addressing the crisis requires removing militant secularists’ monopoly on education, former U.S. attorney general William Barr told a packed Christian conference in Chicago, Ill. on Saturday.

“We are going through a fateful crisis in western civilization. This is the deepest crisis we’ve faced in my mind since Christ,” Barr said. “That’s because our whole civilization is based on the Judeo-Christian tradition and that tradition is under sustained attack by increasingly militant secular forces.”

In a reprise of a 2019 speech at Notre Dame University that met massive corporate media backlash, Barr told the audience U.S. public schools have become hostile to traditional religion while wresting control of American children’s upbringing from their parents. This is a threat to the entire Western order, Barr said, because the unique American system of self-government cannot exist without a citizenry that is committed to traditional religion.

That’s because there are only two ways to restrain people from following disordered passions, Barr said: internal restraints, which are largely provided by one’s beliefs; and external restraints, which are typically provided by government. So in order to have a limited government, Barr noted in an explicit echo of the American Founders, citizens must practice self-restraint.

Such self-restraint is primarily developed through religious devotion, he said. But religious observance, the keystone of ordered liberty in the West, has been under systematic assault by anti-religious forces Barr called an “atheocracy,” his amalgam of the words “atheist theocracy.” These anti-religious forces now control the minds of American kids due to their monopoly on U.S. education institutions. (Read more from “Barr: Public Schools Are Now So Hostile to Christians, They’re Unconstitutional” HERE)

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Biden Admin Super-Charged Military Recruitment Crisis With ‘Woke Policies’

The U.S. military under a Biden Pentagon has sacrificed meritocracy for wokeness in recent years, sending a message that discourages new applicants and worsens the recruiting crisis, an expert told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Military recruitment in 2022 has plummeted, NBC News reported, leaving the pentagon scrambling for ways to fill the ranks of U.S. forces. Alienation of traditional families, who constitute the military’s core recruiting market, through things like diversity quotas, refusing religious exemptions and teaching critical race theory at military institutions have all contributed to a growing unwillingness to enlist, according to Center for Military Readiness President Elaine Donnelly.

The result, she said, is a loss of prestige and meritocracy in the armed forces.

“The culture of the military has been eroded by several years of social engineering and woke policies. It’s been accelerated by the current administration,” Donnelly, who has been studying social issues in the military for over 30 years, told TheDCNF.

The Biden administration’s emphasis on “woke” ideas “sends a poor message” that discourages parents and other influencers from supporting careers the all-volunteer force, according to Donnelly. (Read more from “Biden Admin Super-Charged Military Recruitment Crisis With ‘Woke Policies'” HERE)

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