Today is February 23. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room. And don’t forget to download the free DML App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day.
1 – Canada Instructs Banks to Unfreeze Freedom-Convoy Accounts
Wall Street Journal reports: OTTAWA—Canada told banks to unlock financial accounts belonging to individuals involved in a weekslong Covid-19 protest in Ottawa that police shut down this past weekend, according to a finance ministry official.
“They started [Monday] to unfreeze accounts,” Isabelle Jacques, a senior official in Canada’s finance department, told lawmakers Tuesday.
The step marks a reversal for the Liberal government, which has argued the sweeping power to freeze bank accounts and other assets was crucial during what was declared an emergency period.
The power became available over a week ago, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked rarely used emergency measures in an effort to end a roughly three-week protest calling for all Covid-19 vaccine mandates and related social restrictions to be rescinded. The Ottawa protest, involving thousands of individuals and hundreds of trucks, inspired blockades at crucial U.S.-Canada border crossings.
DML: Canada has turned into China.
2 – Ukraine president orders reservists to be drafted
The Hill reports: Ukraine on Wednesday began drafting reservists aged 18 to 60 into its armed forces as the country prepares for a possible invasion by Russia. Those conscripts would serve a maximum period of one year, Reuters noted.
On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ruled out a general mobilization in addition to announcing that he would introduce the conscription of reservists, according to the news service.
Zelensky also said that his decisions were to “increase the readiness of the Ukrainian army for all possible changes,” and he criticized countries that have removed their embassies from the country.
DML: Putin never did anything like this when Trump was sitting in the Oval Office.
3 – Russian invasion of Ukraine could sink your retirement savings
Fox Business reports: An armed clash between Ukraine and Russia, coupled with punishing sanctions for Moscow, could push U.S. stocks toward another major loss, according to Goldman Sachs economists.
The S&P 500 entered correction territory Tuesday, down 10% from its last peak, as investors weighed the conflict and fresh U.S. and U.K. sanctions on Russia. For the year, it’s down over 9%.
In a note this week, Goldman economist Dominic Wilson said the S&P 500 could drop 6.2% in a scenario in which the crisis escalates and “outright conflict” breaks out. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite, meanwhile, could plunge 9.6%. The benchmark is already down more 14% this year.
“Although Russia/Ukraine tensions appeared to affect primarily local assets in January, spillovers to global assets have been much more obvious in February,” the analyst note said. “If risks flare up further, and we shift to an outright conflict scenario coupled with punitive sanctions, the build in political risk premium would very likely extend.”
Goldman also estimated that the crisis could push oil prices 13.6% higher. Crude closed at $92.35 per barrel on Tuesday.
DML: Thanks a lot, Joe Biden. 81 million people REALLY voted for THIS? When Biden voters look at gas prices today I wonder how much they miss Trump’s tweets.
4 – Matt Rosendale: Biden’s Unvetted Afghans Must Be Immediately Deported
Breitbart reports: Unvetted Afghans allowed entry into the United States as part of President Joe Biden’s massive resettlement operation out of Afghanistan must be immediately deported, Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) says.
As Breitbart News reported, an explosive Department of Defense (DOD) Inspector General (IG) report reveals that Biden’s agencies failed to properly vet Afghans arriving in the U.S. As of November 2021, the report states 50 Afghans already in the U.S. have been flagged for “significant security concerns.”
Most of the unvetted Afghans flagged for possible terrorism ties, the report states, have since disappeared into the nation’s interior. In one instance, the report noted that only three of 31 Afghans flagged months ago for security concerns could be located.
In a statement on Tuesday, Rosendale said unvetted Afghans with security concerns must be located and immediately deported from the U.S. to protect American citizens.
“For months, I have warned the Biden Administration’s evacuation and resettlement of tens of thousands of unvetted Afghan nationals puts our national security and the safety of our communities at risk,” Rosendale said:
Last week, the @DeptofDefense Inspector General released a report exposing serious failures in the vetting process of Afghan nationals who were evacuated and relocated to the U.S. Here’s my statement on the report: pic.twitter.com/qjfenbC26G
— Matt Rosendale (@RepRosendale) February 22, 2022
I warned from the start—the Afghan nationals Biden brought to America were not properly vetted. Now dozens of Afghans with “potentially significant security concerns” roam our country.
This is a grave national security threat. Send them back immediately.https://t.co/kEyT4MM4Np
— Matt Rosendale (@RepRosendale) February 18, 2022
DML: Agree, they should be deported. But they won’t be – Biden is bringing in MORE.
5 – Joe Rogan Says Biden ‘Can’t Talk Right’ Anymore
The Daily Caller reports: Joe Rogan said he didn’t vote for Joe Biden in 2020 and that the former vice president is “basically a shell” cognitively and “can’t talk right anymore.”
During “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast Monday, the host and his guest Coleman Hughes were discussing whether it’s better for a president to have political experience or not as he revealed he didn’t “vote for either” Donald Trump or Biden. The comments start at the 99:56 minute mark.
“He’s [Biden] not a good example, because he’s basically a shell, you know, cognitively,” Rogan shared. “And the fact that that took a long time for people to admit. That was one of the things that people were saying that I was a Trump supporter during the election because I said I would vote for Trump before I would vote for Biden.”
“But I didn’t vote for either,” he added. “The reason why I said that was like, ‘You don’t see this? Are you guys out of your fucking mind? You guys don’t see that this guy can’t, he can’t talk right anymore?’ Go watch videos of him from twenty years ago. He was a dummy, he said a lot of silly shit, he lied about a bunch of things, but at least he was articulate.”
Joe Rogan and Coleman Hughes discuss Joe Biden’s cognitive decline and his looong career of lying. pic.twitter.com/Yo4pGeQM9f
— Mythinformed MKE (@MythinformedMKE) February 21, 2022
DML: Rogan nailed it on this one. Watch above.
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