Tuesday 21st of March 2023

pong at biden's house........

Notebooks that US President Joe Biden kept during his time as vice president were among the items seized by the FBI during a search of his home last week, as part of a probe into his mishandling of classified documents, a person familiar with the investigation told NBC.

Despite not being marked as classified, the notebooks were taken because they contain writing related to Biden’s official business within the Obama administration, including details of diplomatic contacts, the broadcaster reported on Saturday.

The notebooks were a mix of records on personal and official topics, the source said, adding that pages with no sensitive data could also be considered state property under the Presidential Records Act, as they relate to the activities of the government.

Biden had a “large” number of these notebooks, the person said, but could not provide the exact figure.

When addressed about the notebooks, a spokesperson for Biden’s personal lawyer, Bob Bauer, said that “consistent with our view of the requirements of our cooperation with Department of Justice in this matter, we will not comment on the accuracy of reports of this nature.”

The possession of notebooks from his time as vice president “raises questions about whether he appropriately followed procedures for preserving presidential records,” as well as “how other vice presidents and presidents who kept similar notebooks while in office have handled theirs,” NBC said.

The 13-hour search conducted by the FBI at the president’s home in Wilmington, Delaware has led to the discovery of six more documents marked as classified, including some dating back to his days as a senator.

Biden landed in hot water after it was revealed earlier this month that several batches of government papers, some marked ‘top secret’, from his two terms as vice president between 2009 and 2017 were found at his office at the Penn Biden Center, a think tank, and at his Delaware home, including in the garage, in November and January. A special counsel was appointed to investigate the mishandling of the documents by the 80-year-old president.

READ MORE: US Democrats criticize Biden over classified documents 

Speaking about the scandal last week, Biden told journalists that “there’s no there there,” and that he has “no regrets” about the situation. His comments resulted in backlash even from fellow Democrats, including Senator Joe Manchin, who said it was “unbelievable” and “totally irresponsible”for Biden to expose state secrets to potential theft.







fiddling the books.....

After the St. Louis Federal Reserve tweeted out a highly misleading line graph of several nations’ defense expenditures on Monday, users highlighted its ham-fisted and deceptive nature with both humor and facts.

The tweet linked to a January 3 article about the patterns of defense spending around the world in light of the conflict in Ukraine, highlighting the steady and rapid increase of China’s military budget since the early 1990s.

However, the graph accompanying it, which was included in the tweet, has been modified in an unconventional way: while the spending by five of the nations is measured on the Y-axis on the left side of the graph, as is traditionally the case, for the line representing the United States, the Fed used a bizarre separate Y-axis on the right side of the graph.


As a result, at a glance it seems China’s spending has rocketed far above every other nation’s, including the United States’, when in fact it remains barely one-third of the amount.


As replies poured in denouncing the Fed’s deception, a few users tweeted accurate versions of the graph, if the US’ line had been placed on the same Y-axis scale as the other five nations.


Others tore into the Fed in a more rhetorical way, or simply clowned on the absurdity of the graph. “If a student made this graph for a statistics 101 class, the teacher would give them an F,” quipped journalist Ben Norton. “But because it involves Washington’s public enemy number one, Beijing, the ‘experts’ at the St. Louis Fed were awarded a Golden Star for service in the New Cold War.” “Congrats on making the most misleading chart of 2023 so far!” said one user. “This is dishonest to the point of misinformation,” wrote another. One person joked the situation was another example of “American exceptionalism.”  READ MORE:https://sputniknews.com/20230123/dishonest-to-the-point-of-misinformation-federal-reserve-dragged-for-odd-defense-spending-graph-1106627768.html READ FROM TOP.