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Papua New Guinea leader takes offence after Biden implies his uncle was eaten by cannibals
Author of the article:Associated Press
Associated Press
Rod Mcguirk
Published Apr 22, 2024 • 3 minute read

MELBOURNE, Australia — Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister James Marape accused Joe Biden of disparaging the South Pacific island nation by implying that an uncle of the U.S. president had been eaten by “cannibals” there during the Second World War.


Biden’s comments offended a key strategic ally as China moves to increase its influence in the region.


The president spoke at a Pennsylvania war memorial last week about his Army Air Corps aviator uncle Second Lt. Ambrose J. Finnegan Jr., whom he said was shot down over Papua New Guinea, which was a theatre of heavy fighting.

“They never found the body because there used to be — there were a lot of cannibals for real in that part of New Guinea,” Biden said, referring to the country’s main island.

Marape said in a statement on Sunday that Biden “appeared to imply his uncle was eaten by cannibals.”

“President Biden’s remarks may have been a slip of the tongue; however, my country does not deserve to be labeled as such,” Marape said in a statement provided by his office to The Associated Press on Monday.


“World War II was not the doing of my people; however, they were needlessly dragged into a conflict that was not their doing,” Marape added.

The rift comes as Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese began a visit on Monday to Papua New Guinea, Australia’s nearest neighbor. Albanese and Marape will commemorate strong defense ties between the two countries by walking part of a pivotal battle ground known as the Kokoda Track later this week.

“I’m very confident that PNG has no stronger partner than Australia and our defense and security ties have never been stronger,” Albanese told reporters before departing Australia.

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.


However, on Friday White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden was speaking to the bravery of his uncle and the many U.S. service members that put their lives on the line.

“He takes this very seriously. His uncle, who served and protected this country, lost his life serving. And that should matter,” she said.

Biden’s account that Finnegan’s plane was shot down was not supported by military records. Finnegan was a passenger on a Douglas A-20 Havoc transport plane that crashed into the ocean after both engines failed on May 14, 1944, according to a Pentagon report.

One crew member survived but no trace was found of the plane or three other people on board, including Finnegan.

Marape’s statement was released on the same day he met China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Port Moresby to discuss building closer relations.


Marape also called on the U.S. to find its war dead in Papua New Guinea’s jungles and to clean up the wreckage of war.

“The remains of WWII lie scattered all over PNG, including the plane that carried President Biden’s uncle,” Marape said.

“Perhaps, given President Biden’s comments and the strong reaction from PNG and other parts of the world, it is time for the USA to find as many remains of World War II in PNG as possible, including those of servicemen who lost their lives like Ambrose Finnegan,” he said.

“The theatres of war in PNG and Solomon Islands are many, and littered with the remains of WWII including human remains, plane wrecks, ship wrecks, tunnels and bombs. Our people daily live with the fear of being killed by detonated bombs of WWII,” Marape added.
 
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Joe Biden's latest gaffe belongs in blunder hall of fame
U.S. president seemingly forgets how to use teleprompter during latest speech mix-up

Author of the article:postmedia News
Published Apr 24, 2024 • Last updated 2 days ago • 1 minute read

Just imagine how badly Joe Biden might butcher a speech in four more years.

Considering his latest gaffe, one can only guess how much worse it might get should he find his way back to the Oval Office for a second presidential term.


During a speech at a trade union conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Biden went full Ron Burgandy in Anchorman while relying on the teleprompter in what can only be described as a sad moment for the U.S. president.



“Imagine what we can do next,” the Democrat told his audience before things turned super-cringe.

“Four more years. Pause,” Biden said, clearly reading “pause” from the teleprompter, which was directing him to briefly stop, not say the word.

When he wasn’t messing up behind the mic, Biden was blasting presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as being anti-union and a defender of the ultra-wealthy.



Biden’s teleprompter mess-up is the latest in a long list of gaffes.

Just on Tuesday, he mistakenly said he and his party “can’t be trusted.”

Social media users were beside themselves following the “pause” blunder.

“He’s not going to make it four more months,” one commenter quipped.

“They want four more years of a puppet reading a script. We prefer a leader who’s got a grip,” another person posted.

“I want the last four years back,” another X user posted.
 
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OnlyFans creator Farha Khalidi claims Biden admin paid her for 'political propaganda'
Author of the article:postmedia News
Published Apr 30, 2024 • Last updated 1 day ago • 2 minute read

A social media personality has claimed that the Biden administration paid her to promote a Black female judge nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court.


OnlyFans creator and TikTok star Farha Khalidi, who sat down recently with conservative political commentator Richard Hanania for his podcast, spoke about being compensated for spreading “political propaganda” on TikTok.


Hanania asked how she got started on social media and when it turned into paid posts.

“I was taking ads by the time I graduated college from the Biden administration, Planned Parenthood and dating apps and stuff,” Khalidi said, according to a video clip shared to X. “So it was fully financially sustaining me.”



“So you were getting — the Biden administration was buying ads from you?” Hanania asked.

“Yeah, I was doing full-on political propaganda,” Khalidi replied.

Khalidi, who has more than 1.8 million followers on TikTok and 119,000 on Instagram, explained that Biden’s people didn’t want her to disclose the fact that it was an advertisement as it technically wasn’t a product being promoted.

“Because I think they just wanted some edgy girl of colour to just tell people — like when they nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson, they’re like, ‘Can you say as a person of colour,’ you know, that you feel ‘reflected?'” Khalidi said.



“It’s, like, a white woman emailing this and she’s giving me this script. And I’m like, ‘No,’ and she’s like, ‘Please,’ and I’m like, ‘No.’ I’ll talk about the news of it, but I’m not gonna have a white person tell me to be like, ‘This is how I feel as a person of colour.’ It’s just so — I think that black-pilled me slightly on political propaganda.”

Khalidi clarified that the Biden administration used a third-party media company to relay its message on the Supreme Court nominee, but she rejected their talking points.

“Yeah, they’re basically [saying], ‘As another Black person, can you just say that you feel reflected by Ketanji?'” Khalidi said “I’m like, ‘No, I’ll talk about Ketanji’s background and her accomplishments,’ but you know what I mean? I’m not gonna say the corny stuff, even if it was a brown person emailing it to me.”
 

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GOP advances Garland contempt charges after White House exerts executive privilege over Biden audio
Author of the article:Associated Press
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Farnoush Amiri, Alanna Durkin Richer And Colleen Long
Published May 17, 2024 • 5 minute read

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House committees moved ahead Thursday with contempt charges against Attorney General Merrick Garland for refusing to turn over audio from President Joe Biden’s interview with a special counsel, advancing the matter after the White House’s decision to block the release of the recording earlier in the day.


In back-to-back hearings that nearly spilled into early Friday, the House Judiciary and Oversight and Accountability committees voted along party lines to advance an effort to hold Garland in contempt of Congress for not turning over the records. But the timing of any action by the full House, and the willingness of the U.S. attorney’s office to act on the referral, remained uncertain.


“The department has a legal obligation to turn over the requested materials pursuant to the subpoena,” Rep. Jim Jordan, the GOP chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said during the hearing. “Attorney General Garland’s willful refusal to comply with our subpoena constitutes contempt of Congress.”

The rapid sequence of events Thursday further inflamed tensions between House Republicans and the Justice Department, setting the stage for another round of bitter fighting between the two branches of government that seemed nearly certain to spill over into court.


If House Republicans’ efforts against Garland are successful, he will become the third attorney general to be held in contempt of Congress. The White House slammed Republicans in a letter earlier Thursday, dismissing their efforts to obtain the audio as purely political.

“The absence of a legitimate need for the audio recordings lays bare your likely goal — to chop them up, distort them, and use them for partisan political purposes,” White House counsel Ed Siskel wrote in a scathing letter to House Republicans ahead of scheduled votes by the two House committees to refer Garland to the Justice Department for the contempt charges.

“Demanding such sensitive and constitutionally-protected law enforcement materials from the Executive Branch because you want to manipulate them for potential political gain is inappropriate,” Siskel added.


Garland separately advised Biden in a letter made public Thursday that the audio falls within the scope of executive privilege, which protects a president’s ability to obtain candid counsel from his advisers without fear of immediate public disclosure and to protect confidential communications relating to official responsibilities.

The attorney general told reporters that the Justice Department has gone to extraordinary lengths to provide information to the committees about special counsel Robert Hur’s investigation, including a transcript of Biden’s interview with Hur. But, Garland said, releasing the audio could jeopardize future sensitive and high-profile investigations. Officials have suggested handing over the tape could make future witnesses concerned about cooperating with investigators.


“There have been a series of unprecedented and frankly unfounded attacks on the Justice Department,” Garland said. “This request, this effort to use contempt as a method of obtaining our sensitive law enforcement files is just most recent.”

The Justice Department warned Congress that a contempt effort would create “unnecessary and unwarranted conflict,” with Assistant Attorney General Carlos Uriarte saying, “It is the longstanding position of the executive branch held by administrations of both parties that an official who asserts the president’s claim of executive privilege cannot be held in contempt of Congress.”

Siskel’s letter to lawmakers comes after the uproar from Biden’s aides and allies over Hur’s comments about Biden’s age and mental acuity, and it highlights concerns in a difficult election year over how potentially embarrassing moments from the lengthy interview could be exacerbated by the release, or selective release, of the audio.


Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson slammed the White House’s move, accusing Biden of suppressing the tape because he’s afraid to have voters hear it during an election year.

“The American people will not be able to hear why prosecutors felt the President of the United States was, in Special Counsel Robert Hur’s own words, an ‘elderly man with a poor memory,’ and thus shouldn’t be charged,” Johnson said the during a press conference on the House steps.

House Democrats defended Biden’s rationale during the back-to-back hearings on Thursday, citing the massive trove of documents and witnesses who have been made available to Republicans as part of their more than yearlong probe into Biden and his family.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said on Thursday that Republicans want to make it seem like they’ve uncovered wrongdoing by the Justice Department.


“In reality, the Attorney General and DOJ have been fully responsive to this committee in every way that might be material to their long dead impeachment inquiry,” the New York lawmaker said. “Sometimes, they have been too responsive, in my opinion, given the obvious bad faith of the MAGA majority.”

The contempt effort is seen by Democrats as a last-ditch effort to keep Republicans’ impeachment inquiry into Biden alive, despite a series of setbacks in recent months and flailing support for articles of impeachment within the GOP conference.

A transcript of the Hur interview showed Biden struggling to recall some dates and occasionally confusing some details _ something longtime aides say he’s done for years in both public and private — but otherwise showing deep recall in other areas. Biden and his aides are particularly sensitive to questions about his age. At 81, he’s the oldest-ever president, and he’s seeking another four-year term.


Hur, a former senior official in the Trump administration Justice Department, was appointed as a special counsel in January 2023 following the discovery of classified documents in multiple locations tied to Biden.

Hur’s report said many of the documents recovered at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, in parts of Biden’s Delaware home, and in his Senate papers at the University of Delaware were retained by “mistake.”

However, investigators did find evidence of willful retention and disclosure related to a subset of records found in Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware, house, including in a garage, an office and a basement den.

The files pertain to a troop surge in Afghanistan during the Obama administration that Biden had vigorously opposed. Biden kept records that documented his position, including a classified letter to Obama during the 2009 Thanksgiving holiday. Some of that information was shared with a ghostwriter with whom he published memoirs in 2007 and 2017.
 

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Joe Biden mocked for butchering ‘PACT Act’ in garbled speech
Author of the article:Denette Wilford
Published May 22, 2024 • 2 minute read

Another day, another speech filled with mispronounced and made-up words by U.S. President Joe Biden.


Biden was in New Hampshire giving a speech about the impact of the so-called PACT Act, 1 2022 law, which is designed to improve health-care access for veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during their term of service.

But a clip of him severely mispronouncing the name of the act went viral on social media.

“Let me close with this,” Biden said before the stumbling began, which was “translated” by many on X, including commentator Collin Rugg.

“After I signed the Pacanalalanalac Act into law, I handed the pen that I signed it wiszzfschuna the most person most responsible for the legislation.”


Trump campaign advisor and former Marine Chris LaCivita was left speechless, writing, “I mean….”


Others on social media were unsurprised, calling Biden “an embarrassment” and “not fit for presidency.”

One X user wrote: “Just add it to the list of gaffes by Biden. I hope Trump is cataloging all this for a compilation.”

A second person asked, “How is he going to survive a debate with Trump??”

A third sarcastically noted, “It’s a good thing the entire world isn’t laughing at us right now. Because that would be terrible if all other countries thought we were run by a group of complete idiots, and it was headed by a senile cadaver.”

Earlier in the speech, Biden doled out some marital advice for the men in the room.

He referenced the father of a woman whose husband, a Vietnam vet, had recently died of cancer.


“Her dad, Anthony, joined the navy when he was 18 years old, served in World War Two,” Biden said. “He’s now 96 years old, and I think he’s here in the room today.”

Biden talked about the man’s faith, saying, “No purgatory for this guy. Five daughters. Straight to heaven.”

He added: “And by the way, I say to every young man thinking of getting married, marry into a family of five or more daughters. I did. My wife is the oldest of five sisters. You know why? One of them will always love you.”

The crowd began laughing, so Biden clarified, “Not the same one. One of them will always be on your side. That’s the biggest advantage of marrying into five daughters.”