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Marjorie Taylor Greene Melts Down After A GOP Colleague Applauds Destruction Of The Russian Military

Making it clear yet again that she understands absolutely nothing about foreign policy or the implications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) attacked a fellow Republican simply because he dared to applaud the destruction of Russia’s military by Ukrainian freedom fighters.

According to Newsweek, Greene pitched an online hissy fit in response to a $40 billion aid package to Ukraine:

On Tuesday, the House approved the package, about $7 billion more than President Joe Biden requested, giving Ukraine military and economic assistance to help fend off Russian troops. The following day, Greene slammed Crenshaw on Twitter for supporting the package.

The back and forth between Crenshaw and Greene began when he responded on Twitter to a person who criticized him for this vote in support of the military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine:

That led Greene to interject herself into the online debate:

“So you think we are funding a proxy war with Russia? You speak as if Ukrainian lives should be thrown away, as if they have no value. Just used and thrown away. For your proxy war? How does that help Americans? How does any of this help?”

Crenshaw, however, was more than equal to the task of retaliation against Greene:

“Still going after that slot on Russia Today huh?”

Oddly, Greene then suggested that aid to Ukraine was fueling inflation in the United States:

“Sanctions aren’t stopping anything, but they are driving inflation and fuel prices. I refuse to vote for useless measures that cause problems but solve none. While you send $40 billion for your proxy war against Russia, I’m focused on baby formula for American babies.”

Perhaps it’s time we took a closer look at Congresswoman Greene’s finances. Has she accepted any money from Russia or Russian interests?

 

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Florida Lost $200 Million From Its Pension Fund Because DeSantis Refused To Cut Ties To Russia

The state of Florida just lost $200 million from its pension fund. Why? Because Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) failed to divest from assets tied to Russian companies.

Democratic Rep. Andrew Learned blew the whistle on the massive loss of revenue from the Florida pension fund. He and other Democrats in the state legislature had urged DeSantis and his allies to divest from Russian businesses, but were ignored. That turned out to be a gigantic mistake.

In late March, DeSantis was warned that keeping state money in funds tied to Russia was a potentially disastrous move, but the governor chose to attack President Joe Biden rather than do what was best for his state:

DeSantis, who has chimed in on many foreign policy issues during his tenure, ranging from Israel to China to Latin America, did make some comments early on about the Russian invasion and made a few critiques of Vladimir Putin. Florida’s GOP governor has also criticized President Joe Biden over approaching Venezuela for oil during the crisis — and faulted him on Sunday for “using emergency war powers to produce batteries for the 1% that drive electric cars.”

The Florida state retirement system is one of the largest in the United State, with a base of over 1 million public employees. While the state State Board of Administration technically administers the pension fund, DeSantis is the chairman, meaning nothing can be done without his approval.

Much like his onetime political idol, Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis is a terrible steward of public funds. For that alone he deserves to lose his bid for reelection this November.

 

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Russia Caught Red-Handed Trying To Bribe A Member Of Congress

Three Russian citizens have been indicted for “conspiring to use an agent of Russia in the United States without prior notice to the Attorney General, conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions and conspiring to commit visa fraud,” according to the Justice Department.

One member of the U.S. Congress was targeted in the scheme, according to the DOJ, but will not be named at this time.

The charges are against three men: Aleksandr Mikhaylovich Babakov, 59; Aleksandr Nikolayevich Vorobev, 52; and Mikhail Alekseyevich Plisyuk, 58.

A Russian legislator, Aleksandr Babakov, and two of his staffers were also implicated in the indictment.

A press release posted on the DOJ’s web site spells out exactly how the scheme took place:

“The defendants contacted members of the U.S. Congress from 2012 into 2017 to seek meetings and to offer free travel to at least one Congressmember on behalf of Babakov, as well as other foreign officials aligned and associated with Babakov. For example, in 2012, at the direction of the defendants, CC-1 sought to secure a meeting for Babakov with multiple members of Congress, including by offering an ‘all expenses paid’ trip to a particular Congressmember to meet with European politicians and receive ‘an award.’

“Also in March 2017, the defendants contacted at least one member of the U.S. Congress to offer free travel to a Babakov-affiliated conference in Yalta, part of Russia-controlled Crimea, as a service to benefit the purported ‘Prime Minister of Crimea,’ Sergey Aksyonov. Aksyonov was organizing and attending the conference, and had been sanctioned by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) as a Specially Designated National (SDN) since 2014 based on his role in actions and policies threatening the sovereignty of Ukraine.”

Assistant Director Alan E. Kohler Jr. of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, remarked:

“This FBI investigation highlights the lengths the Russian government will go to undermine our rule of law.”

 

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Veterans Group Shreds Tucker Carlson For Minimizing The War Crimes Committed By Putin

Ever since Russia invaded Ukraine, Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been making excuses for the brutal actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin, remarking on February 21:

“So, today we sent another letter to Vladimir Putin asking for an interview. We hope we get it. We also sent a message to the President of Ukraine. We would like that interview too. Neither one of these men runs a democracy. By traditional American standards, both of them are tyrants.”

Both of them are tyrants? Did President Zelensky invade Russia or any of his neighbors? No, he didn’t. Did Putin? Yes.

Carlson also had this to say about the Russian mass murderer:

“Why do Democrats want you to hate Putin? Has Putin shipped every middle class job in your town to Russia? Did he manufacture a worldwide pandemic that wrecked your business? Is he teaching your kids to embrace racial discrimination? Is he making fentanyl? Does he eat dogs? These are fair questions and the answer to all of them is no… It may be worth asking yourself… why do I hate Putin?”

Such comments have led VoteVets to release a video showing images of the war crimes being committed by Russian troops operating under the direct orders of Putin, including the killing of innocent civilians.

Mass graves have recently been discovered in the Ukrainian town of Bucha, with women and children executed at close range with their hands tied behind their backs. They were slaughtered by Russian forces loyal to Putin. If that’s not a war crime, then no such thing exists.

Tucker Carlson and others at Fox deserve to be reminded of their disgusting support for a man who thinks nothing of bombing a maternity hospital or shelling a theater where children are being sheltered.

Be sure and share this video with Carlson on his Twitter account. Maybe having to see these images thousands of times will remind him what a scumbag he is:

 

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Another Putin Puppet? Ron DeSantis Is Dragging His Feet On Selling Florida’s Russian Investments

There are some inside the national Republican Party who have been saying quite loudly that the GOP needs to distance itself from the odd fascination failed, twice-impeached former President Donald Trump has with Russia and its mass-murdering dictator, Vladimir Putin.

But it appears that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is in no hurry to divest the Sunshine State from its holdings in Russian businesses and investments, which total $300 million of Florida’s $200 billion in pension fund investments or 15% of the state’s overall portfolio.

Earlier this month, according to Politico, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) started the ball rolling with legislation that would cut financial ties to Russia:

“We need to minimize the resultant harm to Americans, including teachers and retirees, who have pensions and retirement accounts invested in Russian securities,” Rubio said at the time. “Many Americans do not even realize that fund managers have placed their money in these Russian companies.”

What did DeSantis do in response to that call from his state’s senior senator? Nothing. And that’s the problem. The governor is starting to look like nothing more than a willing puppet for Putin, which isn’t exactly the vibe you want to give off when you’re locked in a tight reelection battle and also have plans to run for president come 2024.

The silence from DeSantis is a break from his usual vociferous verbal stylings on the happenings in other nations:

DeSantis, who has chimed in on many foreign policy issues during his tenure, ranging from Israel to China to Latin America, did make some comments early on about the Russian invasion and made a few critiques of Vladimir Putin. Florida’s GOP governor has also criticized President Joe Biden over approaching Venezuela for oil during the crisis — and faulted him on Sunday for “using emergency war powers to produce batteries for the 1% that drive electric cars.”

Be sure and read that quote from DeSantis carefully. It suggests he’s more upset with the President of the United States than he is a man who is indiscriminately bombing maternity hospitals and displacing millions of innocent Ukrainians.

So, Gov. DeSantis, who do you stand with? The United States or Russia? And why are you dragging your feet on an issue as timely and important as this one?