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HAIL HYDRA: It’s Time for FISA to Die | Steve Berman

HAIL HYDRA: It’s Time for FISA to Die | Steve Berman

Some members of Congress are trying hard, playing political games with scare tactics, to save FISA and Section 702. It’s not worth saving. In fact, FISA is the current apogee of weaponized intelligence, and the closest thing to a national omniopticon we, or any nation (China excepted), has ever had—a digital, all-seeing-eye controlled by a power we didn’t …

STOP IT! | Steve Berman

STOP IT! | Steve Berman

Vladimir Putin likely ordered the death of Aleksei Navalny, his one-time political opponent who was languishing in a high security Russian prison above the Arctic Circle. I mean, we can’t prove it, except by whatever intel we get by the same people who collect intel on the Trump campaign. But we know Putin’s enemies, and …

TRUMP TO RUSSIA: “Do Whatever the Hell They Want” | Steve Berman

TRUMP TO RUSSIA: “Do Whatever the Hell They Want” | Steve Berman

After the sugar rush hangover of sweet sweet Taylor Swift and her boo Travis Kelce celebrating the Chiefs repeat as Super Bowl champs (where was the Biden endorsement?), we must remember that this is an election year, where two elderly men are set to engage in rhetorical combat. One of them needs a nanny, and …

FEISTY: Biden’s Sundowner Moment | Steve Berman

FEISTY: Biden’s Sundowner Moment | Steve Berman

You know when you hit a sensitive spot. For Trump, it was the size of his…hands. For Biden, it’s when the New York Times reports “In a hurriedly arranged nighttime televised appearance at the White House, a defiant Mr. Biden offered a feisty defense of his actions and his capacity to run the country.” (Emphasis mine.) He’s feisty. If you’ve dealt with …

THE BOOKMARK: Biden Can’t Lead Even When Americans Want What He’s Selling | Steve Berman

THE BOOKMARK: Biden Can’t Lead Even When Americans Want What He’s Selling | Steve Berman

The Senate did something pretty unusual for these times: it produced a useful piece of legislation dealing with the southern border, immigrants already in the country, and funding for both Israel and Ukraine. Unfortunately, it’s stillborn in the House. Why? Because the guy who runs the GOP says not to give Democrats anything resembling a victory. Why? Because he’s …

DOUBLE DOG DARE: Will Biden Federalize Texas Guard? | Steve Berman

DOUBLE DOG DARE: Will Biden Federalize Texas Guard? | Steve Berman

Because it’s an election year, the idiocy surrounding our southern border is naturally a breeding ground for ignorance and great harm. On one hand, President Joe Biden does not want to crack down on illegal immigrants pouring in from Mexico, even though that means New York City and Boston are running out of places to shelter them. On the …

Biden His Time While Americans Die | Steve Berman

Biden His Time While Americans Die | Steve Berman

Since October 17, there have been about 165 attacks on U.S. and coalition forces, according to CNN. The United States maintains troops in around 750 bases worldwide, Al-Jazeera reported in 2021 after our last boots left the ground in Afghanistan. In the Middle East, we have approximately 45,400 American military deployed as of the end of last October, according …

HALEY: She’s Nuked | Steve Berman

HALEY: She’s Nuked | Steve Berman

A week ago, it was a dream that Nikki Haley could pierce the bubble of inevitability that Donald J. Trump is the next nominee of the Republican Party. Now it would now take a miracle, and the Haley campaign’s think tank is fresh out of them. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ kneeling before the Orange Zod before New Hampshire …