News Roundup & Comment

Date: January 12, 2024
Host: Jim Schneider
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From war in the Middle East to Hunter Biden, Crosstalk covers it all. Here’s a sample of what Jim presented this week from the news desk:

—Tomorrow, in Washington, D.C., Hamas supporters are planning a big jihad jamboree at the National Mall called, “The March on Washington for Gaza.” It’s being sponsored by every jihadi partner of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.

—325 pro-Palestinian protestors were arrested after blocking 3 bridges and a tunnel in New York City on Monday, blocking lanes bound for New Jersey on the Holland Tunnel along with blocking traffic on the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges.

—Wednesday was the first day of a new session of the Colorado State House and immediately, pro-Hamas demonstrators set the tone by disrupting the proceedings as Colorado House Speaker Julie McCluskie did nothing.

—Over the weekend, pro-Palestinian demonstrators defaced the Los Angeles National Cemetery.

—The Justice Department has effectively issued a stand-down order to federal law enforcement and U.S. attorneys to stop them from investigating incitement, violence and vandalism committed by Hamas supporters who hold U.S. visas, according to a complaint filed with the Justice Department.

—A member of Congress investigating the January 6th, 2021, protests at the Capitol estimates that the FBI had 200 undercover assets both inside and outside the building.

—Matthew Graves, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, suggested that law enforcement will soon target those who merely stood outside the Capitol on January 6th.

—The United States and Britain carried out a series of air strikes on military locations belonging to Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen earlier today.

—President Biden said he authorized the strikes in direct response to unprecedented Houthi attacks against international maritime vessels in the Red Sea, including the use of anti-ship ballistic missiles for the first time in history.

—The Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi vowed in a televised speech that any U.S. attack on Yemen’s Houthis would not go without a response.

—U.S. officials said there’s an escalating risk that Lebanese Hezbollah militants will strike Americans in the Middle East, but more concerning is that they could hit inside the United States.

—Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin went missing for 4 days this month, apparently for hospitalization, and most of Washington, including President Biden, had no idea who was running the Pentagon. In addition, his deputy who’s required to step in was at a beach in Puerto Rico where she was on vacation.

—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said he has no intention of permanently occupying Gaza or displacing its civilian population.

—The Israel Defense Forces admitted that damage was caused to a sensitive air traffic control base in northern Israel following a Hezbollah missile attack a day earlier which the terror group said was a response to the alleged Israeli killing of senior Hamas official Saleh al-Arouri in Lebanon last week.

—Yesterday, Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty to federal tax charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss. Biden entered the plea during his arraignment at a Los Angeles courthouse on 9 felony and misdemeanor tax charges that Weiss filed in December.

Jim presented other stories looking at the Russia/Ukraine war, President Trump, China and more!

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